Monday, October 5, 2009

Subtraction, additions

Update on the Brahmas training camp roster

Some changes of note on Goalie Matt Koenig has been removed. Forwards Jason Bloomingburg and Mark Rooneem have been added.

So with Koening gone, does that mean it's Jaeger/Palmer for the season? Or does Fonger have someone else coming in?

Here's some background on the forwards:

Jason Bloomingburg

The 5'11", 207 pound left wing from Canton, Michigan played for the Texas Tornado (NAHL) for three seasons (99-00, 00-01, 01-02) where he tallied 79 points (45 G, 34 A) and 332 penalty minutes including a career-best 49 points his final season.

Bloomingburg, 26, went on to Providence College (NCAA), David Cacciola's alma mater, where he played with former Brahmas defenseman Eric Lundberg. During his one season with the Friars, he scored six points (3 G, 3 A) in 19 games played.

He sat out 2003-04 after transferring to Wayne State University (NCAA) in Detroit, where he played for three seasons. With the Warriors, he apparently got more playing time and notched 71 points (41 G, 30 A) and 186 penalty minutes during 104 games played. He recorded the 11th hat trick in school history in his first game as a Warrior. In 2006-07, he served as co-captain and was named to the College Hockey America All-Academic Team.

At the end of the 2006-07 season, Bloomingburg went pro and signed with the Alaska Aces (ECHL), where he played six games, scoring one goal. The following season, he played for three teams, including four games with the Augusta Lynx, 11 games with the Corpus Christi Rayz (CHL) and 36 games with the Pensacola Ice Pilots but had very little offensive production with just six points (4 G, 2 A) on the season. Last season, he played one game with the Augusta Lynx.

Mark Rooneem

Rooneem, also 26, is a sixth year pro out of Hinton, Alberta. At 6'2" and 191 pounds, Rooneem has some good background for a last minute walk on.

He played junior hockey for four seasons with the Kamloops Blazers (WHL) and two season with the Calgary Hitmen (WHL). During his six years in the WHL, he tallied 134 points (62 G, 72 A) and 357 penalty minutes. He was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round (115th overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He did not sign with the Kings when his time in the WHL was over, instead signing with the Minnesota Wild.

During his rookie season in 2004-05, Rooneem played in the ECHL for the Louisiana Ice Gators (57 games) and the Pensacola Ice Pilots (eight games). He also had a call up to the Houston Aeros (AHL) for one game. His season scoring total was 36 points (19 G, 17 A).

Remaining in the ECHL, Rooneem remained with the Pensacola Ice Pilots in 2005-06 where he tallied 15 points (7 G, 8 A) in 38 games played. He was also called up for six more games with the Aeros, where he scored one goal. The following season, he went to the Texas Wildcatters. He produced 22 points (10 G, 12 A) in 63 games played and was called up to the Aeros again for two games.

Rooneem spent the last two seasons with the Mississippi Sea Wolves, putting up 30 points each season (9 G, 21 A in 2007-08 and 15 G, 15 A in 2008-09). He also had a call up to the Norfolk Admirals (AHL) for four games where he had one goal.

More info to come as I hear about it.

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