Friday, January 15, 2010

Brahmas add McCreary to blue line

Defenseman called up from SPHL; Rouleau, Kinnunen, Godoy back

The Texas Brahmas have signed defenseman Bill McCreary to assist with their depleted blue line. The 5’ 10”, 175-pound native of Howell, Michigan has played for the Huntsville Havoc for the past three seasons.

This season, he has tallied 22 points (4 G, 18 A) and 71 penalty minutes in 26 games played. He currently leads the SPHL in +/- with a +19 and is 2nd in scoring among all SPHL defensemen.

McCreary played two years of junior hockey with the NAHL’s Texas Tornado (2001-2003). In 98 games played, he scored 116 points (45 G, 71 A) with 292 penalty minutes.

During two seasons at Providence College (NCAA), McCreary tallied 27 points (13 G, 14 A) and 101 penalty minutes in 71 games. His teammates included former Texas Brahmas David Cacciola and Eric Lundberg. He transferred to Curry College (NCAA), where he played in 38 games from 2005-2007 where he scored 57 points (21 G, 36 A). He led the team in scoring in 2006-07 with 41 points.

McCreary went professional at the end of the 2006-07 season and played in seven regular season and two post-season contests. In 2007-08, he tallied 25 points in 49 games (3 G, 22 A) before being called up to the New Mexico Scorpions where he played in the final three regular season games and in six post-season contests.

Last season with the Havoc, he had his best season as a professional, scoring 34 points (6 G, 28 A) with 177 penalty minutes.

Bill has a family history of hockey player starting with his Grandfather Bill McCreary Sr., Great Uncle Keith McCreary (Bill McCreary Sr.'s younger brother) and Father Bill McCreary Jr. who had both played in the National Hockey League (NHL). Also another Bill McCreary, Bill McCreary Sr. nephew, is a referee in the NHL as well as his son Mike McCreary who referees minor league hockey. He is also related to father and son Ron Attwell and Bob Attwell who both also played in the NHL.

In other transaction news, Ross Rouleau is back from his recent trip to the AHL and both Justin Kinnunen and Elias Godoy have been taken off the Injured Reserve.

Photo Credit: Robert Keith

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