Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Back in (Purple and) Black

Ross Rouleau re-signs with the Brahmas

The Texas Brahmas have signed defenseman Ross Rouleau to the 2010-11 roster, confirmed today by

Rouleau, 22, had signed with the Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL) back in early August.

“Ross plays a hard-nosed style of defense,” K-Wings head coach Nick Bootland said at the time of the signing. “He’s not a big guy, but he’s certainly willing to get his nose dirty. He’s an up-and-coming young defenseman who possesses a heavy shot.”

Unfortunately, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL) sent the K-Wings four defensemen on two-way contracts during the pre-season and the team had to release Rouleau. He returned to Texas on the 15th and has been in town getting to know his new teammates and getting some time in on the ice. He made an appearance at the fan club's welcome party on Tuesday night when news of his addition to the team was revealed.

After playing two years at Finlandia University, Rouleau joined the Brahmas after earning a training camp contract at the 2008 Making the Cut prospect camp. Joining his brother Pete on the team, he was placed on waivers early in the season but returned later, seeing action in 17 regular season and 15 post-season contests and contributing to the Ray Miron President’s Cup Championship win in 2009.

The 6’, 180-pound native of Hancock, Michigan had four goals and 14 assists in 60 regular season games last season. He added four assists in eight post-season contests. He was also called up to the Houston Aeros (AHL) for one game.

Photo Credit: Robert Keith

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