The Superior International Junior Hockey League’s 2017 Bill Salonen champions, the Dryden Ice Dogs have added 19 year old defenseman Evan Cusmano and 18 year old forward Evan Walls to their 2017 – 2018 SIJHL roster.
The Abbotsford, Ontario native Cusmano comes in to Dryden after playing in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League in 2016 – 2017 season with the Virden Oil Capitals. The 6’2” and 175 lbs blueliner sank two goals and had two assists in 37 regular season games with the Oil Capitals while tallying 34 minutes in penalties.
“At 6’3″ and 275 lbs he will be another imposing figure on this year’s blueline who likes to play a physical game and has the ability to move the puck quickly” said Wayne Labrie, Dryden GM Ice Dogs Director of Scouting and Hockey Operations.
Cusmano told the Junior Hockey Network that “I’m very excited to join the ice dogs for this season especially with my brother creating a name for us as a family. I feel will bring a physical presents and hopefully be able to protect the net and maybe give some offence where I can as well.”
North Vancouver, British Columbia native Walls heads to Dryden in the fall of 2017 to join the Ice Dogs after appearing in 42 regular season games with the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Kamloops Storm. The 5’4” and 145 lbs Walls scored 14 goals and added 18 assists for the KIJHL Storm while notching nine goals and seven assists in 11 post – season match – ups.
Wayne Labrie said that, “Walls will be a solid addition to this year’s forward group with his ability to push the pace and a strong level of compete.”
“I’m happy to announce I’ve signed with the Dryden GM Ice Dogs for the upcoming season. Having listened to Coach Kurt Walsten’s plan and excitement about the upcoming season has be thrilled to have the opportunity to play for the Dudley Hewitt Cup and possibly have my team come back with me to Chilliwack, in my home province of BC, to show everyone what it means to be a Dryden GM Ice Dog. I am looking forward to starting training camp and meeting my teammates and embracing my new home away from home in Dryden come September” said Walls.