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BC Icemen are getting rich this summer off the lack of available
jobs for free agent minor league hockey players.
Wood, the second-leading scorer in franchise history and captain of
last season’s team, became the fourth player in three weeks to
re-sign with the Icemen, agreeing Wednesday to a one-year contract.
Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
a 26-year-old center, spent last season’s final weeks in the
upper-level International Hockey League.
But the IHL folded in June, leaving Wood—and many player
like him—with fewer employment opportunities.
were some other options, but it’s definitely more difficult to
find a job now,” Wood said from his home in Prince George, British
Columbia. “But that’s how it should be at the professional level,
and ultimately, it’s going to help our team and our league.”
coach Brad Jones, who doubles as the team’s director of hockey
operations, wasted no time re-appointing Wood as captain. Wood
had 85 points (27 goals, team-leading 58 assists) last season when
the Icemen missed the united Hockey League playoffs for the first
time in franchise history.
160games over three seasons with the Icemen, wood has 182 points (69
goals, 113 assists); second to only Chris Grenville’s
franchise-record 254 points. Grenville
has also re-signed with the Icemen after seeking a job in the
higher-level American Hockey League.
is the type of player that we’re about,” Jones said.
“He’s probably the top two-way forward in our league.
During last season, it was a tough time for everybody, and he
was a character guy and a prototypical leader.”
Wood: “I’ve talked to Brad, and I’m convinced the new owner
[David Wright} is committed to winning. I’m excited right off the bat, I think things are going to
change from the last few years.”