Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Former Klipper Jordan Braid will skate in Columbus

The Columbus Cottonmouths welcome three newcomers for the upcoming season as Jordan Braid, Lorne Tessier and Bret Tyler have signed with the Snakes. The Cottonmouths have now signed nine newcomers and nine returning players for the 2010-11 season.

Braid, 21, comes to the Snakes for his professional debut after three seasons with the Kindersley Klippers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. The six-foot forward picked up 137 points in 124 games with the Klippers. Braid hails from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the same hometown as Snakes forwards Dan and Levi Lind.

Tessier spent two seasons (2007-09) with the Couchiching Terriers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, recording 26 points in 77 games. He also spent time with the Collingwood Blues (OJHL) in 2008-09, recording seven points in eight games played. The 5-foot-11 defenseman hails from Penetang, Ontario and will be joining the Snakes for his rookie season.

“Jordan Braid’s name has been mentioned to me by two or three people, so when it came up the last time I had to bring him in,” head coach Jerome Bechard said. “He is a talented forward who scores goals and can play defense in a pinch. Tessier is another puck-moving defenseman. He put up good numbers throughout his junior career and I am hoping for that to continue in his professional career.”

Tyler spent last season with the Missouri Mavericks of the Central Hockey League, and played the 2008-09 season with the Las Vegas Wranglers of the East Coast Hockey League. The 5’9” defenseman has collected five goals and 21 assists in 88 games over the last two seasons. Prior to his professional career, Tyler spent four seasons at the University of Maine where he picked up 89 points in 143 games.

“Tyler has some experience at the next level and has played at one of the top Division-1 schools in the country, so we are very excited to have him become a Snake,” Bechard said. “I’ll be looking for him to really elevate our powerplay and help us get the puck out of end a lot quicker. I’m counting on his game to have a positive effect on the rest of our defensive corp.”

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