There have been a total of 13 players to suit up with the Johnstown Tomahawks this season that no longer wear the teams colors. Some of those players were traded away for current players on the roster. Others were released from the team due to skill level, poor performance, roster space, etc.Let’s take a look at these 13 former players and see where they’re playing now and how they’re producing on the ice for their new clubs. We’ll go from trades to releases but in no sort of order within those two categories.
Kristaps Bazevics- D
Bazevices is the most recent trade for the Tomahawks. He’s the defenseman the ‘Hawks traded to acquire home grown Corey Schafer. I was a fan of Bazevics play and thought he was one of the team’s better skaters and when given the chance had one hell of a shot.
Here is his stat comparison for his time with the Tomahawks and his stats so far with Wichita Falls (Games-goals-assists-points-penalty minutes)
2012-13 Johnstown Tomahawks* NAHL 30 3 3 6 37
2012-13 Wichita Falls Wildcats NAHL 8 0 2 2 9
When you compare his numbers with Schafer's you see that this was a fair deal for both sides.
Corey Schafter- F
2012-13 Johnstown Tomahawks NAHL 7 0 1 1 4
Brandon Brossoit- F
The one reason our powerplay was so good in the begining of the year was in part to Brossoit's skill level. At the time of his trade Brossoit was one of the leading scorers on the team. Brossoit was traded on October 26, 2012 to Fresno for Andrew McDonald. Brossoit would only play seven games with the last place Monsters before he was traded again to Topeka were he was currently played in twelve games.
2012-13 Johnstown Tomahawks* NAHL 15 4 7 11 25
2012-13 Fresno Monsters* NAHL 7 3 2 5 2
2012-13 Topeka Roadrunners NAHL 12 4 3 7 13
Totals NAHL 34 11 12 23 40
When this trade was first made I wasn't too pleased as a fan to see such good young talent be traded away. But when looking at the numbers of McDonald's time in Johnstown compared to Brossoit's time in both Fresno and Topeka, and seeing McDonald's skill first handed, it's safe to say that Johnstown got the better end of the deal.
2012-13 Fresno Monsters* NAHL 9 1 4 5 8
2012-13 Johnstown Tomahawks NAHL 31 10 10 20 40
Codey Hansen- D
On November 13, 2012 Johnstown Traded Hansen to Topeka. Johnstown did not receive a player back in the deal. Hansen has not played a game since December 8th when he racked up 54 minutes in penalties in a game vs Springfield.
2012-13 Johnstown Tomahawks* NAHL 13 2 2 4 58
2012-13 Topeka Roadrunners NAHL 8 2 1 3 85
Gage Christianson- F
Gage only played three games with the Tomahawks, all of which where on the road. He did play last season though for the team that would become the Tomahawks, the Alaska Avalanche. Gage was traded upon his request, this was reported earlier this year by Eric Knopsnyder for his awesome insiders look at being a billet family, The Three Man Advantage.
You didn't need to see Christianson play to know he's got good offensive talent. Below are his stats from last years Avalanche team and this years stats with Johnstown and the team he was traded to Amarillo. Again in this trade the Tomahawks did not receive a player in return. ( I believe they did gain a draft pick.)
2011-12 Alaska Avalanche NAHL 59 16 37 53 522012-13 Johnstown Tomahawks* NAHL 3 0 0 0 4
2012-13 Amarillo Bulls NAHL 33 12 22 34 26
Evan Hesse- F
Hesse was traded to Brookings on October 11, 2012. Again the Tomahawks did not gain a player back in the deal but instead got a draft pick. Hesse also spent time playing for Alaska last year.
2011-12 Alaska Avalanche NAHL 34 8 17 25 412012-13 Johnstown Tomahawks* NAHL 9 1 3 4 6
2012-13 Brookings Blizzard NAHL 30 10 13 23 16
During the 2012-2013 season so far the Tomahawks have released eight players. Out of the eight players only one has found a new home in the NAHL. That man is our first released player profile.
Platt saw limited time in a Johnstown jersey only playing in three games. When he was released, the Pittsburgh Pa native, was signed by the Texas Tornado. Since then Platt has seen a regular spot in the line up.
2012-13 Johnstown Tomahawks* NAHL 3 0 0 0 42012-13 Texas Tornado NAHL 21 5 3 8 6
Bender was released by Johnstown on January 15, 2013. Due to an injury Bender was only in the line up for Johnstown a total of six games. In those six games he had one assist. While trying to get back into the 'Hawks line up, Bender rehabbed in the PHL for the Pittsburgh Vipers U18 team.
Pittsburgh Vipers NAPHL 18 3 7 10 11
Bender is listed on the Vipers playoff roster.
When the Tomahawks traded Hansen they signed Kostial from the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs of the EJHL. Kostial saw very limited time and only played five total games with Johnstown. He was released by the team on January 15, 2013. Since his release he has played four games with Three Rivers Vengeance of the NA3HL, but is currently not listed on the active roster.
Three Rivers Vengeance NA3HL 4 1 1 2 2
Tritschler played only one game for Johnstown in the beginning of the season. Over a month later he was finally released on October 19, 2012.
Currently there is no information on where and if Tritschler is playing.
Morris was one of the tallest players the city of Johnstown had a chance to see. Morris who stands at 6'7 194lb was on the roster as a defenseman. Morris though only played two games with the Tomahawks in the beginning of the season and was then released on October 2, 2012. In the two games that he played he did not register a point and had zero penalty minutes.
Currently there is no information on where and if Morris is playing.
Ruter was on the team's tough guys that liked to take the body. He only played four games for Johnstown and in that time had zero points but did have 15 penalty minutes. He was released by Johnstown on October 2, 2012.
Ruter is now playing for the Fort Frances Lakers of the SIJHL. In 23 games he has 1G 7A 8P and 27 PIMs.
McLaughlin was one of two goalies that the Tomahawks have released this season. He played in one game seeing 30:55 minutes in net, allow 4 goals on 16 shots. He was released on October 2, 2012.
Currently there is no information on where and if McLaughlin is playing.
Engum is the second goalie to be released by Johnstown. At the beginning of the season he was the goalie tandem with Chris Truehl. Engum began the season okay but then began to struggle keeping the puck out of the net. The 'Hawks brought in a third goalie Colin Brennan to fight for the number one spot.
Truehl began to raise his game and newcomer Brennan also put together solid performances. Engum kept having problems keeping the puck out of the net and played his last game on October 27, 2012 vs Kalamazoo. He was pulled from the game about half way through when he allowed 4 goals on 21 shots.
Johnstown Tomahawks NAHL 3.74GAA 3W 2L 1OTL 0.838 save%
Currently there is no information on where and if Engum is playing.