Back in the Fighting Irish fold

June 3, 2016

Detroit Fighting Irish of the U.S. Premier Hockey League’s elite junior division will again have the services of forward Tyler Blackburn for the 2016-2017 season.

Fighting Irish coach-general manager Dan Vasquez confirmed to that the 5-foot-10, 165-pound Blackburn will wear Irish green for a second season.

In welcoming the feisty forward back into the Fighting Irish fold, Vasquez noted that Blackburn and Tristan Cruz combined to form the team’s top penalty-kill pair in 2015-2016.

“Tyler plays the game with a chip and with a determination that is really a throw-back,” Vasquez said of Blackburn, who has a 1997 birth date.

“The beauty is that Tyler’s resolve is infectious and our entire locker room feeds off of his energy. I look forward to him leading our team on and off the ice,” Vasquez added, in further praise of Blackburn.

PHOTO: Tyler Blackburn, of the Detroit Fighting Irish.

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