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Lakers sign four during spring recruiting period

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May 7, 2005

SAULT STE. MARIE - The Lake Superior State hockey team has signed two defensemen, a forward and a goaltender during the Spring 2005 recruiting period. The list includes Sault Ste. Marie native Marty Gurnoe, a defenseman who helped lead the Soo Indians Junior A team to a national tournament appearance last weekend.

Gurnoe totaled two goals and five assists in 49 regular-season games with the Soo Indians. The 6-1, 180-pound defenseman also contributed two goals and seven assists in 12 playoff games, including the first goal in the Soo's 5-2 win over Bismark, N.D., in the consolation game of the NAHL Robertson Cup/USA Hockey Gold Cup National Tournament held last week in Bismark.

Gurnoe is the second Sault Ste. Marie player to join the team in two years. Last season, junior Eric Hill joined the squad as a walk-on and became the first local player to wear a Laker sweater in a game since Jason Welch in 1993.

LSSU's signees also include 6-1, 205-pound defenseman Jason Miller, who will be one of four incoming freshman from the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Miller, a native of Rocanville, Sask., was the No. 2 scorer for the Humboldt Broncos, totaling 22 goals and 26 assists in 50 games.

Kindersley Klippers forwards Troy Schwab and Josh Sim, and Weyburn Red Wings defenseman Matt Wheeler also hail from the SJHL and committed to LSSU during the fall signing period. Schwab was the league's top scorer with 25 goals and 60 assists in 51 games and received the E.E. Henning Memorial Trophy for being the SJHL's most valuable player. Sim added 22 goals and 35 assists in 39 games, while Wheeler finished with five goals and 10 assists in 46 games.

Defenseman Chad Swartzentruber (6-1, 185) of Baden, Ont., was the No. 2 scorer for the Elmira Sugar Kings of the Midwestern Ontario Junior B League. He totaled 14 goals and 35 assists in 43 regular-season games, and added three goals and five assists in 10 playoff contests. He received the James Austin Memorial Trophy for being the team's top defenseman.

Goaltender Vince Wheeler (5-11, 175) of Clearwater, Minn., appeared in 41 games for the Bancroft Hawks of the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League. He posted a 4.87 goals-against average and .907 save percentage.

Forward Tom Knutson (6-2, 205) a recruited walk-on from Duluth, Minnplayed for the Capital District Selects based in Cliffton Park, N.Y. Kuntson, who totaled eight goals and 14 assists in 30 games last season, will be the second player from the Eastern Junior Hockey League to play in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.

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