The Detroit Fighting Irish completed their first week of team work outs this week with the Coaching staff lauding praise at the work ethic and effort that was displayed by all of the players in camp this week.
What is impressive is the work already being put in by the veterans whom are obviously feeling the push by the new guys in camp. The lines are being drawn already every guy in camp knows they are fighting for position and that this isn't just a camp of veterans and rookies. We are fortunate to have been able to bring players with a lot of talent and experience and although they may be new to the Detroit Fighting Irish experience, they are not new to preseason training camps or to playing the game at a higher level stated assistant coach Dennis Boomer.
The first week of camp always brings a few logistics problems especially with this season's team moving into new locker facilities and with the introduction of a new off-ice and nutrition programs, however the echo by most of the players was everything was "smooth as glass"
The team also announced some new signings this week
2003 multi-talented Kolin Leduc signed with the Irish, Leduc will play both defense and forward for the Irish and has very impressive speed and puck skills. Leduc played last season at Dakota High School. Where he was a team mate with Irish D-man Shane Romback. “Kolin is an exciting player to watch with a huge upside we look forward to being part of his development” Coach David Taylor
The Team also announced that 2003 Forward Noah Bigelow has signed with the team Bigelow a 6'1 forward played last season in the Brighton High School program playing with the JV program, “Noah brings a keen Hockey IQ and a strong work ethic to our squad he is a natural fit with our squad both on the ice and in the locker room” Asst. coach Jeremy McNulty
2001 Forward Bradley Scott has signed with the Irish the 6'2: forward played last season in the USPHL with the Metro Jetes organization. Scott has huge potential our plan is to get him to use his big body and take advantage of his speed and size to outwork his opponents both with skill and strength, I am looking forward to working him on developing his individual game and the results will be huge for us as a team stated head coach David Taylor
The Irish also announced the signing of 2000 goaltender Daniel McCarthy. McCarthy played last season with the Elmira Soaring Eagles of the NA3HL and is a product of the Florida Everblades Youth programs. He is from Tampa Florida “Daniel brings experience to the Irish we were actually surprised that a player of his caliber was still available to us we are very happy to have Daniel as part of the Irish” stated GM Dan Vasquez
The Irish will hold a skate Today Saturday at 6Pm at Southgate our goal is to keep our guys in a training rhythm over the next few weeks as well the more time together early in the season will improve our team communication skills both on and off the ice Coach David Taylor