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Musketeers Add Four New Faces in Dispersal Draft

September 22, 2020 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Sioux City Musketeers News Release


Following the September 18th announcement that Cedar Rapids and Madison would not participate in the 2020-21 USHL season, the league held its dispersal draft on Monday and the Musketeers will welcome four new members this year.

"Our hearts in Sioux City go out to the staff, players and fans of Cedar Rapids and Madison." said Musketeers General Manager, Andy Johnson. "The USHL is a better league with two strong organizations like the Capitols and RoughRiders being involved. We look forward to both organizations coming back next year."

Justin Hryckowian, a center from Quebec, joins the squad after spending one season in Cedar Rapids.

"You can never enough center and we feel like we just added a top-line center, " Johnson stated, "Justin is an extremely intelligent, playmaking center that also has the ability to finish."

Hryckowian, a Northeastern commit, tallied four goals and ten assists in 17 games with the RoughRiders.

"He plays with edge and bite and carries himself like a pro," Johnson continued, "he will make an immediate impact and we expect him to be one of the top forwards in the USHL this season."

The Musketeers also added 6'3 185-lbs right winger Doug Grimes, a Boston University commit from Brookline, Massachusetts.

"Anytime you can add size, grit and toughness to your lineup, it's hard to pass up and Doug provides that for us immediately," commented Johnson.

A rookie to the USHL, Grimes is coming off a 23 goal season at Dexter Southfield School.

"Doug plays a heavy, pro-style game and we expect that to translate to the USHL."

Asa Kinnear, a center who's spend the past two seasons playing for Tri-City, will add veteran leadership to the Musketeers lineup.

"Asa is a player our coaching staff noted as extremely tough to play against and we're happy he's finally on our side. Asa plays a complete two-way game and makes us harder to play against," explained Johnson.

Kinnear, a St. Cloud State prospect, has accumulated 16 career points in 82 USHL games.

Finally DJ Hart will join Sioux City this season after spending parts of the past two years in Sioux Falls and Madison. Hart, a future Ohio State Buckeye, is coming off a 16-point campaign on the 18U circuit in New Jersey.

"DJ is another player that is going to make us tougher to play against this year," noted Johnson, "Hard-nosed, physical two-way defender that brings a punishing physical presence to our back-end."


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