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Four Icehawks Players Participate in AHL Camps

September 25, 2009 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Port Huron Icehawks News Release

PORT HURON, MI - Four Port Huron Icehawks players put their skills on display at American Hockey League camps this week. Forward Kerry Bowman and goalie Adam Russo attended camp with the Worcester Sharks, goalie Larry Sterling is with the Wilkes Barre-Scranton Penquins and defenseman Adam Maccarone is skating with the Chicago Wolves.

"It is always a goal of ours to prepare our players for the next level," Icehawks Head Coach and General Manager Stan Drulia said. "It is wonderful for our players to stretch their skills and put their talents on display. It also speaks to the caliber of players that make up our organization."

Sterling, who is entering his sixth professional season and third with the Icehawks, is no stranger to high level camps. The goalie attended camps last season with the NHL Detroit Red Wings and their AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins. So far, he has impressed coaches in Wilkes Barre-Scranton. He played in an exhibition game last weekend versus the Binghamton Senators and stopped 34 of 38 shots he faced.

"Larry's been a pleasant surprise at camp," Penguins Head Coach Todd Reirden told the Wilkes Barre Times Leader. "He was really good in the game against Binghamton, he's really good in practice and his skill level is high. He was a guy we did not know too much about and he's done all we've asked of him."

Bowman was released from Worcester on Thursday after skating with the Sharks all week and playing in an exhibition game vs. the Hartford Wolf Pack on Wednesday. The forward will return to the Icehawks for his second full season with the team. Russo remains with Worcester and will be with them as they play the Springfield Falcons tonight and Hartford on Sunday. The goaltender signed with the Icehawks this summer after five seasons overseas.

Maccarone, a new signing for the Icehawks, remains with the Wolves as they head into two preseason games this weekend. The rookie comes to Port Huron after a brief stint with the CHL Tulsa Oilers last season. He also played four seasons in the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League and two years at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.

The Icehawks open training camp on Monday, October 5 at 9 a.m. Port Huron will host the Flint Generals on Friday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m. for their sole exhibition contest at McMorran Arena. Tickets are just $5.

The Icehawks open the 2009-10 regular season on Saturday, October 17 at home versus the Fort Wayne Komets. Single game tickets are on sale now at the McMorran Arena Box Office, any Ticket Master location or by phone at 810-966-3800. For more information and the complete 2009-10 schedule, visit www.porthuronicehawks.com.

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