(via Berlin River Drivers)
BERLIN, N.H. – The Berlin River Drivers Professional Hockey Club are proud to announce they have signed the trio of Tyler Howe, Travis Howe and Chad Bennett to contracts for the upcoming 2015-2016 season at the Notre Dame Arena.
Tyler Howe, 24, a Falmouth, MA native signed with the River Drivers after being selected the 10th pick during this year's Federal Hockey League (FHL) Expansion Draft from the Berkshire Battalion where he appeared in one game registering 7 penalty minutes. The 6'6" forward/defenseman also has previous experience with the Augusta River Hawks (SPHL), Cornwall River Kings (LNAH) and Cape Cod Bluefins (FHL) where between the three clubs he scored 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) while amassing 174 penalty minutes. Prior to turning pro, Tyler suited up with the Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) where in 71 games he scored 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists) as his team went on to win the President's Cup as QMJHL Champions for the 2009-2010 season. Following his 4 game appearance during the 2010 Memorial Cup, Tyler earned a contract with the Phoenix Coyotes where he played in one preseason game and picked up 5 penalty minutes in a bout with Kyle Clifford.
Travis, the younger brother of Tyler recently completed his junior hockey career with the Corpus Christi IceRays of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) following previous stops in Canada with the Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL), Swan Valley Stampeders (MJHL) and Amherst Ramblers (MJAHL) where in 129 games between the four clubs he scored 5 goals and 29 assists while contributing 503 penalty minutes. The 21-year old defenseman also led the NAHL last season with 246 penalty minutes.
"I had the great pleasure of coaching Travis and Tyler during their minor hockey days back on the Cape." says Assistant General Manager and Assistant Coach David Monteiro. "It is a real honor and privilege to be coaching them again. They are both extremely talented players and exciting to watch as their experience and dedication are second to none. I am very happy to have the boys here with us in Berlin."
Bennett, 23, comes to Berlin after being selected in the 4th round of the FHL Expansion Draft. The 5'10" forward from Burlington, ON enjoyed his rookie season with the Watertown Wolves where he was second overall in team scoring with 70 points (32 goals, 38 assists) and contributed a goal and seven assists in the playoffs before going on to win the Commissioner's Cup. "Chad is a guy that does the little things right and knows where to go on the ice.", says Monteiro. "He has an exceptional skill set that can help complement others around him, a good hockey IQ and leadership qualities that you don't often find in younger players. Chad is a great addition to the team and I am excited to have him with us.". Prior to turning pro, Chad spent three years of junior hockey with the Brampton Capitals and Aurora Tigers (OJHL) before playing two seasons of collegiate hockey at Fredonia University.
The River Drivers begin their inaugural season in the FHL hosting last season’s Commissioner’s Cup runner ups, the Danville (IL) Dashers on November 14th, starting at 7pm at the Notre Dame Arena.