The Alpena Street Cats have signed two Canadian players for the upcoming season.
Tommy Hrynkiw (Hur-EEN-keev), a forward from Agassiz, British Columbia will join the team after playing the last four seasons in Western Canada for several different teams. including the (Hope Wildcats, Fraser Valley Vipers and Fraser Valley East scholarship team)
"I chose to play for the Street Cats because I believe their organization is the best fit for me and my skills," Hrynkiw said in a press release. "Moving to Michigan is a big move, but it will be a great experience and I am very excited to meet new people."
Goaltender Max Beacock will also join the Street Cats after making several stops in his 13-year youth hockey career. He began his career with the Amherst (Ont.) Jets and then moved on to play with the Kingston Ice Cats AA team. In 2008, his family moved to Australia and Beacock played two years for the Norwest Emperors. In 2010, he moved back to Canada and played for the Frontenac Secondary School varsity team. In his young career he has been coached by or trained with several former professional hockey players.
"I have been looking forward to playing junior hockey and I am very excited to play for the Street Cats and bring my Canadian hybrid style of goaltending to Alpena," Beacock said in a press release. "Michigan hockey has a great reputation and is one of best states for hockey in all of the United States. In Alpena, I have seen how supportive the media is and I'm looking forward to playing there for future friends and for the fans."