Wednesday, 02.07.18 / 10:32 am CT
The IceRays have acquired forward Adam Kadlec from the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers.
A Chicago native, Kadlec has dual Canadian citizenship and already has a great deal of major junior experience as an 18-year-old. He has played the last two seasons in the Western Hockey League and Ontario Hockey League, which are regarded as two of the best junior hockey leagues in North America. Brad Flynn is confident his past play at such a high level will help the IceRays substantially in their playoff push.
“Adam Kadlec is just a high-skilled, big body centerman that has major junior and USHL experience,” Flynn said. “He’s coming here to grow his game and help us win. He’s still a young player with tons of potential and upside.”
Kadlec (6’3, 190) tallied 14 points (5 G, 9 A) in 54 games played with the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders last season, and played 23 games for the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires this season before beginning a ten-game stint in Sioux City. With every USHL roster now filled to the brim, he managed to clear the waivers and was immediately welcomed by the IceRays coaching staff.
“We’re very excited to get a player of Adam’s caliber and his experience at such a young age playing for us,” Flynn added. “Down the stretch, we think that he’s going to solidify our top six.”
Losing Regula to the Wilderness opened a vacancy at center for the IceRays, who will be in need of another good faceoff man and big body down the middle. Kadlec is expected to suit up for this weekend’s games against the Lone Star Brahmas.
The IceRays return to action this Thursday and Friday to host the Brahmas at the American Bank Center. Puck drops at 7:05 pm CT both nights. Thursday is Fan Appreciation Night; all tickets and post-game skate rentals will be just $2 each. The following night is a Frosty Friday; domestic pints and small sodas will be available for $3 throughout the game.