Tuesday, 04.03.18 / 9:12 am CT
The IceRays have signed Victory Honda U18 forward Mitchell Allard to a tender contract. He will be seeking to crack the roster at the start of the 2018-19 season.
“He’s got good size at about 6’1”, IceRays Director of Scouting Mike Mondoux said. “Has the ability to play center or wing. He has a heavy shot and is physical on the ice. He played on Victory Honda’s top line both power play and penalty kill. Provides a great presence on the ice and possesses a high-end skill set.”
It’s become a veteran-heavy squad in Corpus Christi, with 11 of the 23 players on the active roster aging out at the end of the season, and even more yet expected to move on to the USHL or major juniors. Plenty of roster spots will be up for grabs over the offseason, and Allard is confident he will be able to make a push for one.
“I’m excited to experience such a great organization, along with an amazing fan base,” Allard said. “I’m a strong, two-way forward who can bring a lot of energy with my playmaking and scoring abilities.”
Allard (6’1, 190) is a senior in high school and has played in 31 games this season for Victory Honda U18, the defending 2017 Tier 1 Elite League Champions. He was sixth on his team in scoring with 19 points (8 G, 11 A) and helped lead them to a 21-10-1 record in 2017-18. The IceRays will lose a great deal of sizable forwards like Brendan Miller, Angus Scott, and Jayson Dimizio over the offseason, and will also lose versatile players like Garrett Hallford and Grayson Gavin. This said, players like Allard who can provide a blend of both size and versatility will be in high demand come the 2018-19 campaign.
The regular season ends this weekend when the IceRays take on the Lone Star Brahmas on Pack the House Weekend to benefit No Kid Hungry. All series long, the IceRays will wear specialty jerseys which will be sold at a live auction at the bottom of Section 112 following Saturday night’s game. Puck drop is set for 7:05 pm CT both nights. The games will be broadcast on HockeyTV and on YouTube.