In May, the Tomahawks traded a future tender to the Aberdeen Wings. In return, they received forward Drew Doyon, a two-year NAHL veteran who looks to bring an increased level of intensity and physicality to the team.
“I am hoping to bring my passion and compete level to the team. I am hoping to help the younger guys and earn some veteran status,” said Doyon.
Head coach Mike Letizia has also noticed the impact of having Doyon on the ice.
“Drew is a player that fits our team’s identity of no excuse, 200 foot players that play with skill and toughness. He is as tough as they come and he knows how to use his physicality,” said Letizia.
Doyon’s physical play was something he grew up embracing, starting in his youth hockey days.
“I have always played with heart and passion. When I was a kid, I racked up penalty minutes. It also came naturally from competition,” said Doyon.
Doyon played two seasons for Aberdeen, scoring 45 points (15 goals, 30 assists) in over 107 games. He also learned some lessons he plans on bringing to Johnstown.
“I learned a lot about the league and about the game of hockey. I hope to use what I was taught in Aberdeen to help get the guys ready each night.
Letizia also recognizes what bringing in a two-year NAHL veteran means to the locker room.
“This league is very difficult and junior hockey as a whole is a grind. Having someone who is a veteran of the league and knows the ins and outs is very important as a coach because he knows what to expect. I can rely on him to help the young guys, while being consistent on the ice. His veteran presence should go a long way with our hockey team,” said Letizia.
Doyon got his first taste of what the East Division has to offer during last weekend’s home-and-home series against Aston. He was part of both games, including dropping the gloves during Saturday night’s contest in Greensburg.
“The games showed us that we have to be ready to go every night, no matter who we are playing,” said Doyon.
The Tomahawks open up the 2015-16 season this weekend, as they travel to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Friday night and New Jersey on Saturday night. Face-off for both games is set for 7 p.m.