JOHNSTOWN – The Johnstown Tomahawks strengthened their blueline Wednesday afternoon by acquiring defenseman Matthew Doyle from the Janesville Jets in exchange for a tender and a 2019 fifth round selection in the 2019 NAHL Draft.
An 18-year-old defenseman from Buffalo, Doyle served as an assistant captain with the Jets this season, racking up 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) in 38 games along with 80 penalty minutes.
Standing 6-1, Doyle played 49 games for Janesville in his rookie season in 2017-18, notching eight points (two goals, six assists).
“We felt that we needed to add to our blueline and we are happy to bring in someone that we think can contribute in a variety of ways like Matthew,” head coach Mike Letizia said. “He is hard-nosed player by trait, with good mobility and puck moving skills from the back end. He wore a letter on his previous team as a younger player so he has strong leadership qualities that should be an asset to our team on and off the ice. Additionally, being only a 2000, he has the ability to add an immediate presence for us down the stretch but also for potentially 2 more seasons.”
Additionally, Doyle was drafted by the Ontario Hockey League’s Kitchener Rangers in the 12th round of the OHL’s Priority Selection in 2016.
Johnstown is back on home ice February 1-2 for Kids Weekend presented by Hogue’s Fun Factory. Saturday, Feb. 2 is Chopper’s birthday celebration along with mascot mania and other kid-themed activities throughout the night.