BY: Andy Zilch, Greenville Road Warriors
Greenville, SC: Today the Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers, announced the signings of forwards Brandon Hynes, Lindsay Sparks and defenseman Jacob Johnston.
“Brandon and Lindsay add lethal speed on the wing that will create odd-man rushes for our offense,” Coach Dean Stork commented. “Even though Jacob is a defenseman, he has a great two-way game, vision and breakout passes to help our team on the offense.”
Hynes returns to the Road Warriors after completing last season at St. Francis Xavier University. The 21-year-old skated in 20 games with the Road Warriors, compiling 14 points (7G, 7A) before returning to Canada to attend college in early December. While with the Road Warriors, he posted a five-game point streak, scored two game winning goals, and was named runner-up for ECHL Player of the Week. Hynes, a native of Norris Point, Newfoundland, played in 14 games with St. Francis Xavier University, scoring 16 points (6G, 10A).
“It’s a treat and a privilege to be given such an opportunity to come back to Greenville,” said Hynes. “I am excited to play with the core of players the Road Warriors have and I’m looking to continue to improve as a teammate and a professional player.”
Sparks, 23, split last season between the Road Warriors and the South Carolina Stingrays. He began the year with South Carolina, scoring 13 points (5G, 8A) in 28 games. The University of Michigan product was claimed off waivers by Greenville where he would make 15 appearances and tally eight points (2G, 6A). Sparks was born in Oakville, Ontario.
“It’s important we build off what the team did last year which adds to the excitement of returning,” Sparks continued. “I hope to continue to build my game to help the Road Warriors reach a championship.”
Johnston, 26, completed his rookie season with the Evansville IceMen last year and was acquired by the Road Warriors on June 16th. Johnston was second among IceMen defenseman with five goals and also added 15 assists while competing in 51 games. He is a native of Sudbury, Ontario and is a product of Dalhousie University.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of the Road Warriors family,” Johnston added. “It’s a great organization, town and community and I’m anxious to start the season and build off my rookie year.”
The current Road Warriors training camp roster consists of 11 players:
Scott Arnold, Matt Bruneteau, Michael Catenacci, Emerson Clark, Andrew Himelson, Brandon Hynes, Jacob Johnston, Chad Nehring, Shawn Skelly, Lindsay Sparks, and Justin Vaive
Season tickets for the Greenville Road Warriors’ 2014-15 season are available now and start as low as $170! Call a Road Warriors Account Executive at 864-674-PUCK or visit greenvilleroadwarriors.com to secure your Road Warriors season tickets today!