MC Monarchs, a first-year entry in the Midwest Jr. Hockey League, have bolstered their roster via a three-player trade with the rival Detroit Fighting Irish.
The Mount Clemens-based Monarchs obtained forward Anthony Wojciechowski, defenceman Jarrad Vroman and goalie Tyler Skulley from the Fighting Irish in a cash exchange.
“We couldn’t be happier to welcome these guys to the Monarchs,” said MC head coach Jason McCrimmon, who helped mentor the trio as co-coach of the Fighting Irish in 2013-2014. “The fact they wanted to be part of an expansion franchise says a lot about the relationships I’ve been able to build with these players.”
A 1994 birth-year, the 6-foot-3, 230 pound Wojciechowski topped Detroit in scoring in 2013-2014 with 21 goals, 26 assists, 47 points in 43 games, playoffs included.
A 1997 birth-year, the 6-foot-1, 165 pound Vroman will be called upon to anchor the Monarchs blueline this season despite his tender age, according to owner-general manager Mark Gilman.
And the pint-sized Skulley, a 1994 birth-year who was a backup with the Fighting Irish in 2013-2014, will challenge for the starting goaltending job with the Monarchs in 2014-2015, said Gilman.
“All three players were vocal about wanting to be part of the excitement a new team can generate,” noted Gilman. “More importantly, they were vocal in wanting to continue their junior careers with Jason (McCrimmon) at the helm. He tends to have that affect on the guys he coaches and trains.”
PHOTO: 1997 birth-year defenceman Jarrad Vroman has been dealt by the Detroit Fighting Irish to the expansion MC Monarchs.