The Johnstown Tomahawks have acquired defenseman Frank Jenkins from the Corpus Christi IceRays.
The 19-year-old will be joining the Tomahawks after playing for the past three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in Canada, combining for 22 points in his three seasons there. Jenkins joined the IceRays this season and has five points (2G, 3A) in 16 games played with the fellow North American Hockey League club.
“We are really excited to add Frank to our team,” said Head Coach Mike Letizia about today’s trade. “We feel that he adds the experience and the style of play that we are looking for being a two-way D man that can move the puck and defend hard. He has been playing 25 minutes per game, so we know he is capable of carrying a heavy load 5 on 5 and with special teams.”
Jenkins will add some size to the Tomahawks roster as well, standing at 6’2 and weighing 212 pounds. The Fraser, Michigan native adds to a long list of people who have made their way to Johnstown from the Midwestern state looking for success.
“Being an ‘02 it is also nice that he has experience and can be a possible two-year player for us, as we hope he is another strong player from the Michigan area where we have found success,” added Letizia. “As we continue to progress this season, we need to stabilize all areas of our team and we certainly feel like Frank can help our defense immediately.”
The team hopes to have Jenkins in the lineup this week throughout the three games against Jamestown this week. The Tomahawks face off against the Rebels on Wednesday, November 24 in Jamestown at 7:30 PM, along with two games in Johnstown on Friday, November 26 and Saturday, November 27.