Saturday, August 11, 2012

UNB Announces Pair Of Recruits For 2012 - 2013 Season

UPDATE: According to Tam`s Twitter account, as well as this story (note: in French), he has signed an ECHL contract with the expansion San Francisco Bulls, with an invite to the Worcester Sharks training camp.

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds have announced the addition of defencemen Adrian Robertson and Mikael Tam for the upcoming season as the team looks to replace some of the production lost due to the graduation of veteran blue liners Jonathan Harty, Bretton Stamler and Luke Gallant.

Robertson, a 6'2" 210 pound native of Missisauga, Ontario comes to UNB after playing five seasons in the OHL for the Peterborough Petes, Windsor Spitfires, and Sarnia Sting. A former captain of the Spitfires, Robertson had a career high 10 goals and 28 assists last season in 52 games. In his junior career he amassed 75 points (18 goals, 57 assists) and 298 PIM in 239 games. He added another 15 points (3 goals, 12 assists) in 29 games.

Head coach Gardiner MacDougall describes Robertson as having "great size, excellent two-way skills and was one of the most improved overagers in the OHL" while his former General Manager in Windsor, Warren Rychel, called him "a class act on and off the ice." Upon acquiring him Sarnia GM/coach Jacques Bealieau also spoke highly of the rearguard, calling Robertson a "top tier defenceman in our league" whose "experience and leadership alone will prove invaluable."

Tam joins the V-Reds after playing his entire five year junior career with the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL, the last two of which he served as team captain. The 5'10", 193 pound native of Quebec City had 43 points (15 goals, 28 assists) this past season in 68 games. He posted a career high 45 points (19 goals, 26 assists) in 2010-2011. For his career Tam, who is perhaps most well known for being on the receiving end of a brutal right elbow by Patrice Cormier during the 2009-2010 season that sent him to the hospital, finished his junior career with 140 points (53 goals, 87 assists) and 454 PIM in 318 regular season games and 33 points (11 goals, 22 assists) in 66 games.

According to MacDougall Tam brings "great leadership skills, a high competitive level, and is a high impact player."