Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Familiar Name Joining Reds

The University of New Brunswick Reds announced their final recruit of the summer this afternoon, confirming the addition of defenceman Noah Carroll out of the Ontario Hockey League. Carroll is the younger brother of former standout forward Tyler, who played for UNB for five seasons between 2011 and 2016.

Carroll is a 2016 6th round draft pick of the Carolina Hurricanes who split his junior career between the Guelph Storm and, most recently, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, where he was an alternate captain last season. He had by far his best statistical season last year while playing with a dominant Greyhounds squad, setting career highs in goals (7), assists (30), penalty minutes (71), and +/- (+37). He added another 3 goals and 3 assists in 24 playoff contests, including a highlight reel overtime goal in game 4 of the OHL Final against eventual league champion Hamilton.

Provided all of the previously announced recruits show up - and there are no surprise departures among the eligible returning players - the addition of Carroll means UNB will enter the season with a full complement of 22 skaters (15 forwards/7 defenceman) for the first time in recent memory.

The 6'1'', 183 pound left shot defenceman from Strathroy, Onatrio has previously attended NHL training camps with the Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs. Teammates Mark Simpson (Washington), Matthew Boucher (Colorado), Mark Rassell (Los Angeles), and Samuel Dove-McFalls (Columbus) have all been invited to participate in rookie camps early next month. It is unknown if they will be available when UNB plays their first pre-season game on September 14th at the AUC against McGill.