After losing Buddy Robinson’s 25 goals to the Calgary Flames/Stockton Heat, General Manager Craig Heisinger made sure to start re-stocking the shelves for 2018-19. Unfortunately for Heisinger, (And as Brian Burke found out in Toronto) truculence, belligerence and pugnacity typically do not add up to goals, but they sure do make for some entertaining hockey.
On Wednesday, the team announced it had come to terms with two Quebec-born forwards, 22-year-old Joey Ratelle and 24-year-old Felix Girard. Both players have spent the past year playing professional hockey, and should serve as depth players for the Moose in the coming season.
Ratelle – a rough and tumble 5-foot-11, 180-pound left winger from Otterburn Park – played five seasons of Quebec Major Junior Hockey for the Drummondville Voltigeurs and Chicoutimi Sagueneens, where he put up a total of 113 goals, 208 points and 411 penalty minutes in 285 junior games. He most recently played for the Colorado Eagles – formerly of the East Coast Hockey League – where he registered 23 goals, 47 points and 200 penalty minutes in 70 games.
Girard – a former fourth round selection of the Nashville Predators in 2013 – spent the past four seasons playing in the American League with the Milwaukee Admirals and the San Antonio Rampage. The 5-11, 200-pound centreman has collected 31 goals, 76 points and 295 penalty minutes over the course of his minor league career. Prior to being select 95th overall by Nashville, Girard played four season in the QMJHL with Baie-Comeau Drakkar.