Three Headed to AHL to Join the Texas Stars
Trio of Swamp Rabbits join Brandon Alderson in the American Hockey League with Texas
BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced today that forwards Angelo Miceli, Allan McPherson, and defenseman Joe Houk had been loaned to the Texas Stars (AHL). Greenville’s unit joins the Stars in Charlotte, NC as they finish a weekend series against the Charlotte Checkers.
Miceli earns his first call-up of the season after ending the regular season with career-best numbers. The second-year pro tallied a team-leading 77 points (22G, 55A) in 68 games. The center from Montreal, QC was one point shy of tying Justin Bowers’ franchise record of 78 points set in 2012. Miceli was named Sher-Wood Hockey / ECHL Player of the Week in March and tallied 22 multi-point efforts this year. The 5-foot-10 skater logged 29 AHL games in his rookie season with the St. John’s Ice Caps, netting three goals and adding an assist.
McPherson rejoins the AHL for the third time this season after stints in Utica and Hartford. In his third pro season, McPherson has collected 28 points (9G, 19A) in 30 ECHL games. McPherson played 28 games for the Wolf Pack this season, tallying a goal and three assists. The Clarkson University alum has split time between the AHL and ECHL each season of his career. In 93 AHL games, he has collected 14 points. On Friday night, McPherson tallied his 100th career ECHL point while playing his 100th contest.
Houk is also experiencing success with the Swamp Rabbits. The blue liner ranked eighth among ECHL defensemen with 47 points (16G, 31A) and played in 69 games. Now in his third pro season, Houk has earned his first call-up to the AHL. In 150 career ECHL games, the Richboro, PA native has earned 72 points (21G, 51A). Houk has seen time with Toledo, Elmira, and Manchester during his ECHL career.
The Swamp Rabbits join the Stars who face off at 1 p.m. today in Charlotte, NC. Houk is set to make his AHL debut while Miceli will appear in his first AHL game of the season. Greenville is back in action on Thursday night at 7 p.m. hosting the South Carolina Stingrays in game one of the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
ROUND 1 | GAME 1 | THURSDAY, APRIL 13 | 7:00 PM
The Swamp Rabbits return to the postseason for the first time since 2014. Game one at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena against the South Carolina Stingrays is Thirsty Thursday. From 6-8 p.m. $2 drinks are available while select concessions are $2 for the whole night. Get your tickets now SwampRabbits.com, Ticketmaster.com or the Bon Secours Wellness Arena Box Office.
ROUND 1 | GAME 2 | FRIDAY, APRIL 14 | 7:00 PM
Before game two on Friday night, join the Swamp Rabbits for a pregame fan fest on the Furman Plaza. Score big with a Bon Secours Family Fun Pack and get four tickets, four hot dogs, four bags of chips, four drinks and Swamp Rabbits souvenirs for only $60. Be one of the first 1,000 fans in the door and get a commemorative Kelly Cup Playoffs Thunderstick.
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Tickets are being offered at regular season prices for the first round! Visit SwampRabbits.com, Ticketmaster.com or the Bon Secours Wellness Arena Box Office to purchase yours today! For group rates call 864-674-PUCK (7825) and speak to a Swamp Rabbits Account Executive to plan your playoff group outing!
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