West Valley City – Utah Grizzlies head coach and General Manager Tim Branham released his initial training camp roster Sunday. The Grizzlies open practices Monday at the Maverik Center at 10 a.m. All practices are open to the public.
The roster consists of three goalies, all with professional experience; 11 rookies; six returnees from last year’s Utah team in Ben Meisner, T.J. Battani, Brent Gwidt, Martin Lee, Berkley Scott, Darren Rowe; two defensemen who played against Utah last year in Channing Boe and Teigan Zahn; two players assigned from the Anaheim organization so far in Igor Babkov and Teigan Zahn; two veterans in Derick Martin and Adam Pineault; one player who played with Branham in Reading in David Vallorani; and three players who won pro league championships last year in Vallorani, goaltender Aaron Dell and forward Adam Pineault.
The average age on the team is 25.48, and the average player has played just under a full season at 68.46 games. Seven of the 11 rookies were either team captains or named to their conferences All Academic Team last season.
The Grizzlies open the regular season Friday, Oct. 18, against Idaho at Maverik Center at 7:05 p.m.
Igor Bobkov — Third round draft pick by Anaheim in 2009, spent last year in Norfolk of the AHL, in his first full pro season.
Aaron Dell — CHL Goaltender of the Year with the Allen Americans, won league championship last year.
Ben Meisner — Unbeaten in seven of eight starts with Utah last year after signing in March following college.
T.J. Battani — Had 95 penalty minutes, as well as three goals and two assists in 33 games with Utah last year.
Nick Craven — Four games with Binghamton of AHL last year after 33 points in 25 games during his senior year at Wesleyan University.
Brent Gwidt — Eight games with Utah last year after being captain at University of Nebraska-Omaha, had one goal and two assists with Utah.
Kris Hogg — Had 29 goals and 30 assists for 59 points in 57 games last year in England after five years in WHL and four years of college.
Jamie MacQueen — Split last year between Denver of CHL and Lake Erie of AHL during rookie season.
Dylen McKinlay — Had 24 goals and 44 assists for 68 points in 72 games last year to finish junior career in WHL and also logged a plus-55.
Kenton Miller — Had 51 points (30 goals, 21 assists) in 53 games with Missouri of CHL last year and six games with Chicago Wolves of AHL during rookie season.
Brance Orban — Had nine goals and 24 assists for 33 points in 36 games in final year at Bemidji State University last year, was on the WCHA All Academic Team.
Adam Pineault — Second round draft pick of Columbus in 2004, has played 201 of his career 339 games in the AHL.
Paul Rodrigues — Named the NCAA Division III Player of the Year last season with SUNY-Oswego.
Vincent Scarsella — Had 133 points (40g, 93a) in a school record 144 games played at Canisius College.
Berkley Scott — Had 12 goals and four assists for 16 points in 39 games last year with Utah.
David Vallorani — Was second in ECHL in rookie scoring last year in Reading with 17 goals and 42 assists for 59 points in 68 games.
Jon Whitelaw — Captain last year at SUNY-Oswego with 10 goals and 20 assists for 30 points in 24 games.
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