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Cover Photo: Scott Galvin, Youngstown Phantoms

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – The Corpus Christi IceRays, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), have added forward Griffin Loughran on loan from the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the team announced today.

Loughran, 18, started the year with the Phantoms, recording one goal and one assist for two points with eight penalty minutes through nine games. The 5-foot-6, 146-pound forward was drafted 174th overall (11th Round) by the Phantoms in the 2016 USHL Phase II Draft following his final season with the Buffalo Jr. Sabres 18U program. He earned 55 goals and 59 assists for 114 points with 115 penalty minutes through 74 games in the 2015-16 season with the Jr. Sabres 18U including 25 goals and 27 assists for 52 points through 32 games in Tier 1 Elite Hockey League (T1EHL) play en route to a USA Hockey New York State Amateur Hockey Association Championship.

“Griffin was a prolific Midget AAA scorer despite his size,” said IceRays Head Coach Brad Flynn. “He plays bigger than his size and is fiesty. His upside will be a good spark for our group, and he’s got skill and tenacity, which is what we’re all about. We hope he can come in and give us a spark 5-on-5 as well as on the power play and be a big part of our group moving forward.”

The Orchard Park, N.Y., native was signed to a tender contract on Nov. 24, 2015 by the IceRays and remained on the team’s 30-man protected list heading into the 2016-17 season. Loughran will be available for this weekend’s games against the Wichita Falls Wildcats and is expected to wear #26.

The IceRays welcome the Wichita Falls Wildcats to the American Bank Center for the first time this seaosn on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:05 p.m. Season memberships for the 2016-17 season are still available with full and partial season plans. Reserve yours by contacting the IceRays Front Office at 361-814-PUCK. In addition, stay connected with the IceRays on Facebook (/CorpusChristiIceRays), Twitter (@goicerays), YouTube (IceRays TV), Instagram (CorpusChristiIceRays), Snapchat (@goicerays), and Periscope (@goicerays).