September 9, 2016

Tomahawks Add Two From Youngstown Phantoms and Finalize Opening Roster

Tonight the Johnstown Tomahawks take the ice in the first regular season game of the 2016-2017 NAHL campaign. The team will go into their first weekend of action with a roster of 29 players.

Every player that participated in last weekend's preseason games are still on the roster, but the team also added two more players to that list. Both of these players were trying out for the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL, but did not make their roster.

Andrew Quetell - D

Quetell was Johnstown's second tendered signing during last year's season. He spent all of last year playing in the USPHL U18 league for the Selects Hockey Academy U18 club. In 26 games he had 15 points.

Quetell stands at 6'0 and weights 180. He is also a left shot.

When he was tendered by the Tomahawks, head coach Mike Letizia had this to say. "We are very excited to sign Andrew for next season. He is a solid two-way defenseman with a very good sense for the game. He is an elite skater that will translate to our level."

Mitch Hale - F

Hale is a 6'1, 180 pound forward who spent last year playing for the Buffalo Jr. Sabres U18 team. In 32 games he registered 13 points.

Like Quetell, Hale was also a Johnstown Tomahawks' tender coming into this season. Mike Letizia had this to say to when the team made the announcement of tendering Hale.

"Hale is a forward who skates well and is very effective on the forecheck by getting to pucks first and making contact. He is very physical, uses his size well, and protects the puck well in the offensive zone." Adding, "His offensive ability is very good."

The Tomahawks will most likely keep the large sized roster until the NAHL showcase is over. As in years past, once the showcase takes place the team usually makes a handful of cuts. This year looks like no exception.

Of the 29 players on the roster there is one man currently dealing with an injury. Defenseman Chris Trouba.

Check out the roster yourself and see what numbers the players are wearing this year.

Look at that d-core. Nobody under six feet tall. They will be hard to play against this season.

Below is the Tomahawks official press release on the opening night roster.

Note: Team captains have not been announced yet. Once we find out that information we will pass it along on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Johnstown Tomahawks Official Press Release:

The Johnstown Tomahawks have released the team roster for the 2016-17 North American Hockey League regular season.
The roster consists of 17 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies. Additionally, the team returns eight veterans
The list of forwards include Josh Biasillo, Nick Bruce, Filips Buncis, Riley Doyon, Mitchell Hale, Tommy Horn, Dalton Hunter, Joe Kile, Sammy Nardicchio, Josh Norman, Patrick O’Neal, Donovan Ott, Hayden Rowan, Chris Rupp, Tiernan Seningen, Alex Singley and Cameron Smith.
The defensive unit is comprised of Nick Criminisi, Bray Crowder, Zak Galambos, Edward Hirka, Andy Iehle, Ian Kwant, Andrew Quetell, Adam Pilewicz and Christopher Trouba.
The players at the goaltending positions are Ryan Glander, Britt League and Vinnie Purpura.
The Tomahawks open the season on Friday, Sept. 9 with two games at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Johnstown’s home opener is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. against the Aston Rebels
Season ticket packages are available for as low as $99. For more information, contacct the Tomahawks office at 814-536-GOAL or visit

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