A duo of dandy defencemen from Sault Ste. Marie with ties to the Ontario Hockey League have signed with Batchewana Attack of the new Canadian International Hockey League.
Attack president-director of hockey operations David Maciuk told HockeyNewsNorth.com that Nick Trecroce and Adam Baggs have committed to Batchewana for the 2014-2015 season.
Trecroce, a small-but-smart-and-skilled defender with a 1996 birth date, finished the 2013-2014 regular season with the Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.
A 2012 OHL draft pick of the Sudbury Wolves, Trecroce will skate at the Kitchener Rangers main camp later this month.
Baggs, a 6-foot-1, 205 pound blueliner who was born in 1998, was a 10th-round pick by the Niagara Ice Dogs from the Soo Thunder minor midgets at the 2014 OHL draft.
Both Trecroce and Baggs are fresh from having turned in strong performances at a recent tryout camp of the Soo Eagles of the North American Hockey League.
Maciuk, from his end, is ecstatic at having secured junior A level commitments from Trecroce and Baggs as Batchewana prepares for the CIHL’s inaugural season.
“Nick is a very-good skater with good puck-moving skills and is a very smart player who can quarterback the power play,” Maciuk said of Trecroce. “He’s also a tough little pr–k.”
Baggs, as a 16-year old, is a “hidden gem,” according to Maciuk. “He’s already built like a pro. With good coaching, Adam is going to develop into a top player, regardless of whether he goes the OHL or NCAA route.”
Batchewana, to be sure, has a high-end coach on board in Denny Lambert, the former OHL and National Hockey League forward.
Lambert coached eight seasons in the OHL with the Soo Greyhounds, including three as the head guy.
The signing of Trecroce and Baggs brings to six the number of players that Batchewana has commitments from as the Attack prepares to hold its first-ever tryout camp this weekend at Lake Superior State University’s Taffy Abel Arena.
Maciuk said he expects between 20-30 players at this weekend’s tryout.