Fernie Ghostriders head coach and general manager Craig Mohr added to his local contingent with the signing of three players on Monday.
Forwards Dalton Bouvier (1998), Jacen Richards (1998) and defenceman Trevor Broad (1998), all natives of Sparwood, put ink to paper with the Ghostriders this past weekend.
“I’m excited to get them in the lineup full-time and build with them and grow with them,” Mohr told George Hurlbut of the Elk Valley Herald. “Everyone knows, when you’re in a smaller market and you can add to your lineup with local product that are, first and foremost, good human beings and well-mannered young men, it’s a bonus.
“They were all affiliates with us last year. They all got in games and played very well last year in the games they played. We got into spring camp and I thought they were three of the best players that were out at spring camp. It was an easy decision to make.”
The trio all saw time with the club as affiliate players this past season and will look to move into full-time roles with the squad for the 2015-16 KIJHL season.
Richards, a 6-foot-2, 165-pound left-winger, skated in six regular-season games with the Ghostriders last season, tallying one goal and two minutes in penalties. He also found his way into one playoff game, suiting up Feb. 25 during Fernie’s first-round series against the Golden Rockets.
Bouvier, a 6-foot-1, 181-pound centre, suited up in one game for the Ghostriders during the 2014-15 campaign.
Broad, the lone rearguard of the bunch, stands 5-foot-11 and 154 pounds. He found his way into three games with the Ghostriders last season, registering two minutes in penalties.
The first opportunity for Bouvier, Richards and Broad to solidify their places in the Fernie Ghostriders lineup will come Aug. 28 to 30 when training camp opens at the Fernie Memorial Arena.