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Havoc Invite Three from Free Agent Camp

August 10, 2018 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Huntsville Havoc News Release

HUNTSVILLE - The Huntsville Havoc held a free agent camp last weekend at the Wilcoxon Ice Complex where more than 40 unsigned players ran hockey drills and scrimmaged in front of fans and the coaching staff, trying to prove they had what it takes to join the reigning SPHL champions.

After the final scrimmage on Sunday, the Havoc extended invitations to Declan Conway, David Higgs and Michael Hails to join the team's training camp in October.

"I'm really happy with how the weekend went," said Havoc Head Coach Glenn Detulleo. "We invited three players that we felt separated themselves from the rest. We look forward to watching them compete in October for the chance to make our opening night roster."

Conway (5-11, 178) played two seasons at forward with the club team at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. As a member of the Blue Streaks, the Painsville, Ohio, native played in 33 games, scoring 23 goals and recording 16 assists. Last season, his team won the College Hockey Mid-America Conference championship. As a junior hockey player, the 22-year-old played 84 games, scoring 20 goals and notching 34 assists.

"I try to use my strengths of playing simple, but fast," said Conway. "I believe I can make the right play and have the mindset to go strong with any opponent I play against."

Hails (6-0, 185) spent the last four seasons as the goaltender for the club team at Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, Missouri. The Coldstream, British Columbia, native saw action in 66 games. In his senior season with the Lions, the 23-year-old had a goals-against average of 1.69 and saved 93.6 percent of the shots he faced, earning him second team all-league in the Central States Collegiate Hockey League.

"The coaching and support staff made the camp comfortable and welcoming, which allowed me to have fun while showcasing myself," said Hails. "I look forward to returning this fall to build upon this opportunity."

Higgs (6-3, 216) spent the last three seasons as a defenseman for Utah State University in North Logan, playing in 84 games while recording 26 goals and 70 assists. The Salt Lake City native played juniors in the Western States Hockey League and the Central Canada Hockey League, seeing action in 238 games, scoring 28 goals and notching 94 assists.

Coach Detulleo was glad to lace up the skates with some players once again while seeing some familiar friendly faces.

"It was great to be at the rink to not only get back on the ice, but also see some of our loyal fans!"

While the first game of the season is Oct. 19 against the Birmingham Bulls in Pelham, Alabama, opening night at the Von Braun Center is exactly three months away. Do you have your tickets?

Opening Night

The Havoc will honor the President's Cup winners by raising the championship banner at the first home game of the 2018-19 season on Friday, November 9. Follow the Havoc App and social media for details and a full schedule when it is released. Season tickets are still available at the Havoc office by calling 256-518-6160, or by visiting the Havoc website.

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