Trask, Mor­ris­sey pur­su­ing hockey ca­reers down south

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - SPORTS -

Two New­found­lan­ders who fin­ished their col­le­giate hockey ca­reers last spring are look­ing to turn pro this fall in the South­ern Pro­fes­sional Hockey



Scott Trask of Bon­av­ista and Shayne Mor­ris­sey of St. John’s are at­tend­ing the train­ing camps of the Huntsville Havoc and Pen­sacola Ice Fly­ers, re­spec­tively. Trask is op­er­at­ing on a try­out agree­ment, while Mor­ris­sey has signed a con­tract with the Ice


The 24-yearold Trask spent the last four years at­tend­ing and play­ing for

Aca­dia Uni- ver­sity in Wolfville, N.S., af­ter a ju­nior ca­reer that saw him ap­pear in 174 games for the QMHJHL’S Monc­ton Wild­cats. Mor­ris­sey, 25, played for four years at Neu­mann Univer­sity, an NCAA Di­vi­sion 3 school in Penn­syl­va­nia.

If the AHL can be con­sid­ered mi­nor hockey’s AAA cir­cuit and the ECHL is AA, then the SPHL — with 10 teams stretch­ing from Peo­ria, Ill., to Fayet­teville, N.C., to Pen­sacola on the Gulf Coast — might be con­sid­ered as A level.

Many play­ers move up from the SPHL to the ECHL, a few have made it to the AHL and one — goalie Scott Dar­ling — even climbed all the way to the NHL.

And while he is not a player, you might also count Mount Pearl’s Dave Roper as one who worked his trade in the South­ern league prior to get­ting to the NHL.

Two years ago, Roper was the equip­ment man­ager for the SPHL’S Louisiana Ice­ga­tors, who no longer op­er­ate.

Af­ter a year in the ECHL with the Nor­folk Ad­mi­rals, Roper now finds him­self part of the train­ing staff for the NHL’S Toronto Maple Leafs.



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