The Corner Brook Royals have signed a former St. John’s IceCaps forward with a flare for offence.
Hunter Tremblay, a native of Timmins, Ont. who had one goal and five assists in 17 games with the IceCaps two years ago, is expected to give the Royals some punch up front now that the Corner Brook team signed him to an import card.
Tremblay, a stocky five-foot-10 winger, hasn’t played since his short stint with the IceCaps. He was on medical leave for a year, but got clearance from doctors to resume playing again this year.
According to Royals president Ross Coates, Tremblay contemplated trying to find his way back to the pro game but opted to play at a lower level of hockey with a full-time job in Ontario keeping him busy these days.
At every level of hockey, Tremblay had a knack around the net.
His resumé includes three 30-plus goal seasons with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League and 77 goals in four seasons of Atlantic University Sport varsity hockey with the University of New Brunswick.
Tremblay is expected to give the Royals a 1-2 punch up front with the team already signing two-time Herder champion Chris Hulit to an import card earlier this summer.
The Royals have locked up import puckstopper Bryan Gillis for another season, so the team still has two cards left to use in an attempt to turn things around for a franchise seeking a championship.
Coates said the plan is to find the best players available to the team so his work is only starting to amp up with the 2014 season just around the corner.