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Grizzlies add high scoring rookie Matt Craig

October 7, 2005 - ECHL (ECHL) - Utah Grizzlies News Release

West Valley City, Utah - The Utah Grizzlies announced today the signing of 11 players, including rookie forward Matt Craig, who left Quinnipiac University with 133 points over four years.

"Matt was very successful in college and we expect that to carry over to the professional level," said Grizzlies Head Coach Jason Christie. The 23-year-old Craig will be joined in Utah by former college teammate, goalie Justin Eddy. Eddy enters his second professional season after winning 14 games last year in South Carolina and playing 12 games with Portland of the AHL. Utah has also signed netminder David Cann, who handled the majority of time in the net for Johnstown (ECHL) during the 2004-2005 campaign, playing in 41 games.

Left wing Garret Cameron has been inked after a successful 2004 Kelly Cup Playoff run in which he scored six points (4 goals, 2 assists) in eight games playing under current Grizzlies Coach Jason Christie in Peoria. "Garret provided us with a great spark that year as we advanced in the postseason. We will look for that this year in Salt Lake."

Right Wing Jeffrey Doyle scored 31 points (14 goals, 17 assists) during the 2004-2005 season playing with Motor City in the UHL. Barry Horman comes to Utah after playing two playoff games with Lubbock (CHL) during the 2005 playoffs, registering an assist in his first professional game. Other experienced forwards who will be joining the Grizzlies: Troy Illijow (IHL-ih-joh), Mike Olynyk (OHL-ih-nik) and Matt Schmidt.

Defensemen fighting for blue line slots with the Grizz: Erik Patten, who last played in Richmond of the UHL, and Lou Dimasi, who won a Division III National Championship at the University of Norwich.

The Grizzlies open training camp Sunday at the Acord Ice Center; the public is invited to attend. Visit www.utahgrizzlies.com for more information.

The 2005-2006 campaign opens two weeks from tonight when Utah opens play in the ECHL at the E-Center. Call 988-PUCK for ticket information.


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