The Borderland Thunder has acquired the rights to former Fort Frances native Aaron Grynol from the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League, the local Junior ‘A’ team announced Tuesday.
“We believe it is a significant signing,” said Thunder head coach Dave Allison. “He has the ability to be a premiere player.”
Grynol, 20, played 32 games for the Chicago Steel last season, scoring 11 goals and 14 assists.
His most productive season came in the 2000-2001 campaign with the Winnipeg Saints of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, where he netted 34 goals and 32 assists.
Grynol is excited about playing his last season of junior hockey eligibility in Fort Frances.
“I’m happy to be home for a year,” he noted. “I’ll finally have the opportunity to play in front of friends and family.”
In related news, Allison also announced two former Thunder players will be attending training camps for Ontario Hockey League teams.
A.J. Tucker will be attending camp for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds while Ian Lockman is trying out for the Ottawa 67’s.