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07-30-2009, 12:40 PM
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[Thurston adds six to the Golden Bear mix] - The story comes from the U of A site. Thurston is the head organ grinder for the Evil Monkeys. No word on how many of these 6 guys make a living stealing wallets in the off-season, or if that's a skill they will now have to learn. Anywho, the story says that Sorochan is gone from the Monkeys' net. The replacement goaltender, Travis Yonkman, is coming off a 4 year WHL stint with Swift Current. The juice of the story is this:
Faced with the loss of eight players, including two CIS All-Canadians, University of Alberta Golden Bears’ hockey coach Eric Thurston has added six players for the upcoming 2009-10 season, five hailing from the province of Alberta and five with Western Hockey League experience.

Recruited to the program are three defencemen, two forwards, and one goalie, including five players from the Edmonton area, five former WHL skaters, and one former NCAA student-athlete.

Joining the Bears’ blue-line will be Colin Joe, Ian Barteaux, and Reade Wolansky. Sean Ringrose and Michael MacAngus add to the forward core while Travis Yonkman becomes Alberta’s new netminder.
I also see that the Evil Monkeys' non-conference action starts with the usual game against the Greasers' prospects, followed by the usual two pre-season exhibition quasi-tournaments (in Edmontown and Saskatown).

The unique addition is a home Christmas series against the McGilligutties. In the 2008 nationals it was an upset by the already eliminated McGilligutties over Moncton which vaulted Saudi Alberta into the final.

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