Thursday, July 5, 2012

ALUMNI UPDATE: Tremblay Signs With IceCaps

The Winnipeg Jets have signed former UNB star Hunter Tremblay to an American Hockey League contract, the club announced today. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Tremblay, a 26 year old native of Timmins, Ontario, will join the St. John's IceCaps for the upcoming year after playing his first full season in the AHL last year with Edmonton's top affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons. He registered 16 goals and 15 assists in 68 games before notching another 4 goals and 2 assists in 8 playoff games while becoming a key member of the team's penalty killing unit.

Tremblay signed with the Barons shortly after helping the V-Reds win their 4th University Cup on home ice in March of 2011 and appeared in 3 games with the club, going scoreless.

This could turn out to be a better fit for Tremblay as Edmonton has a number of top prospects and high draft picks in their system that are probably going to get the majority of the playing time and be the first ones called up to the NHL. Meanwhile, the Jets entered last season with one of the worst prospect pools in the entire league so it appears Tremblay will have a better chance at playing a prominent role in the AHL and making it to the NHL with Winnipeg than he would have had with Edmonton.