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The Worcester Railers HC Announce 2019-20 Opening Night Roster

October 10, 2019 - ECHL (ECHL) - Worcester Railers HC News Release

WORCESTER, MA- The Worcester Railers Hockey Club  (@RailersHC), proud ECHL (@ECHL) affiliate of the  New York Islanders  (@NYIslanders), and  Railers HC General Manager and Head Coach Jamie Russell  (@JamieRussell18) officially announced today the  2019-20 Worcester Railers HC opening night roster.

The 2019-20 Worcester Railers HC roster includes 22 players with 13 forwards, seven defensemen, and two goalies. The Worcester Railers HC will kick off the 2019-20 season on Saturday, October 12th vs. the Adirondack Thunder at the DCU Center. Puck drop is at 7:05pm. Click HERE to get your tickets. 

Forwards (13)  Cody Payne, Ross Olsson, Henrik Samuelsson, J.D. Dudek, Bo Brauer, Matt Schmalz, Barry Almeida, Tanner Pond, Kyle Thomas, Ryan Hitchcock, Jordan Samuels-Thomas, Nic Pierog, and Drew Callin. 

Defensemen (7)  Justin Murray, Kyle McKenzie, Mike Cornell, Ivan Chukarov, Anthony Florentino, Chris Rygus, and Connor Doherty.

Goaltenders (2)  Evan Buitenhuis and Jakub Skarek

Player Assistant Coach Barry Almeida

Veteran forward and the Railers all-time leader in games played (140), goals (44), assists (69), and points (113),  Barry Almeida, has added a new accolade to his resume as he will serve as a Player Assistant Coach joining GM/HC Jamie Russell and AC Derek Army. 

Seven Former NHL Draft Picks on Roster 

The Railers have seven players on the opening night roster that have been drafted in the NHL highlighted by  Henrik Samuelsson who was taken in the 1st round, 27th overall, in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Arizona Coyotes. Samuelsson will be the first Railers to have played in the NHL as he played three games with the Coyotes during the 2014-15 season. Goaltender  Jakub Skarek was selected in the 3rd round, #72 overall, in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders and is on the second year of his three-year entry level contract with the Railers.  

What's on tap? - Railers open regular season on home ice!

On Saturday, October 12 the  Worcester Railers HC  host the  Adirondack Thunder  at 7:05pm on  OPENING NIGHT  presented by the  Worcester Telegram and Gazette!  The first 5,000 fans will receive a  Railers magnet schedule courtesy of Davis Advertising . One of the most popular entertainment acts in all of professional sports will perform throughout the game..... THE ZOOPERSTARS ! Doors will open early at 5:30pm at the DCU Center and fans are encouraged to be seated by 6:50pm for the opening night pregame show. Tickets start as low as $15 by calling 508-365-1750!

Listen to all Railers games live on  98.9 Nash ICON  with coverage beginning 30 minutes before puck drop with  Eric Lindquist  and  Cam McGuire . Watch all games online for a small fee at Full season memberships, mini plans, and group tickets are on sale now by calling the Railers front office at 508-365-1750 or by visiting

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