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Hunwick to attend Michigan

HUNWICK TO ATTEND MICHIGAN (Netminder joins Wolverines for 2007) Alpena MI: Shawn Hunwick has committed to play goal for the Michigan Wolverines next season. The official announcement was made on Monday. The Sterling Hts MI native will carry the Hunwick name for another four years at the university, Shawn’s older brother Matt just finished his senior season. Matt Hunwick was a team captain and is a draft pick of the Boston Bruins.

Hunwick spent one season in Alpena compiling a record of 17-9-2 with one shutout in 31 games played. “Shawn deserves the chance to play at the DI level, he is a hard working kid that will compete everyday in practice. said head coach Kenny Miller. “He is very excited about this chance and I am happy for him and his family.” Shawn joins Todd Rudasill (Ohio State), Eric Roman (Wayne State), Drew Pierson (West Point) and Chad Billins (Ferris State 08) as members of the 2006-2007 season to commit to division one programs. Hunwick originally committed to Adrian DIII before deciding on Michigan.

For more information on Hunwick and the IceDiggers please visit the club’s website at or call the main office at (989) 356-9812.


Alpena MI: The Alpena have added forward Andy Yarber to their tender list for the 2007-2008 season. Head Coach Kenny Miller announced the signing today.

“Andy brings grit to our hockey club, the fans in Alpena will be excited to see this kids work ethic, he is not very big but he works hard every shift and I except him to do that at the junior level.” said Miller

The Livonia MI native spent the 2006-2007 season with the Compuware Ambassadors of the MWEHL where he scored four goals and added ten assists in twenty six league games.

Yarber joins Compuware teammate Jon Puskar, Tyler Pilmore, JC Gulch (Toledo Cherokee), and Dan Pason (Little Caesars) as players who have signed tenders for the 07-08 season.

Andy will also reunite with former Ambassador and current IceDigger forward Jimmy McCusker next season, the two played together prior to McCusker joining the IceDiggers last season.

The IceDiggers will hold their first tryout camp of the summer in Toledo OH from May 31 thru June 3. For information on tryouts and all the up-to-date info please visit the website at or call the main office at (989) 356-9812.

(Yesue, Hendrickson and O’Brien)

Alpena MI: Alpena IceDiggers head coach Kenny Miller announced today three players from this years team has committed to play college hockey at the Division III level next season.

Ricardo Yesue (Allen Park MI) committed to Wisconsin River Falls (NCHA) early last week. The three year veteran finished the season with 12 goals, 13 assists for 25 points. “Ricardo is the ultimate team player it has been a pleasure to coach him the last three seasons, I am confident he will carry his leadership skills to the college level.” said Miller

Chris Hendrickson (Hancock MI) is going home, Hendrickson has decided to attend Finlandia (MCHA) the university is in Hancock Michigan. “Chris came in last year and made an impact right away and that carried over into this season where he was a top four defensemen the entire season.” added Miller

And the third player to commit last week was Southgate MI native Korey O’Brien the 2nd year defensemen will play at Wisconsin Stevens Point in the same conference as River Falls. “Korey is very offensive and should be a impact player at the college level.” said Miller

With the three signings the total number of commitments is at nine from this years club. Others attending school next season are Todd Rudasill (Ohio State DI), Drew Pierson (West Point DI), Eric Roman (Wayne State DI) and Chad Billins who has committed to Ferris State DI in 2008. Shawn Hunwick and Justin Stadler have committed to Adrian DIII.

For more information on the IceDiggers please log onto the website at or call the main office at (989) 356-9812.


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(Former Toledo Cherokee signs for 2007 season)

Alpena MI: The Alpena IceDiggers announced that JC Gulch has signed a tender contract for the 2009-2010 season.

Gulch has spent the past two seasons with the Toledo Cherokee of the CSHL the Junior “B” affiliate of the IceDiggers. During this past season Gulch led the Cherokee defensemen in scoring with 11 goals, 33 assists for a total of 44 points in 43 regular season games. In the postseason the Temperance MI native dressed in all six games tallying 1 goal and 2 assists for 3 points.

“JC was a top defensemen in the CSHL last year and will be a solid guy on the blue line for us.” said head coach Kenny Miller “He has the ability to be a stay home defensemen and also contribute in the offensive end as well.”

The 18 year old visited Alpena during the regular season and made his choice to join the IceDiggers shortly after. “JC had teams in the NAHL showing interest in him and we’re happy he decided on Alpena, he will be a big part of our hockey club.” added Miller.

Gulch’s teammate with the Cherokee Tyler Pilmore also signed to play in Alpena next season. Gulch joins Pilmore, Dan Pason (Little Caesars AAA) and Jonathon Puskar (Compuware AAA) as newcomers for the 2007 season.

For more information on the IceDiggers please visit the club’s website at or call the main office at (989) 356-9812.
Immediate Release

Alpena MI: The Alpena IceDiggers have several game jerseys available for sale. The game jerseys that were not sold during the auction are available for purchase. For more details please contact VP/GM Bob Krafft at (989) 356-9812 or


71 DeGrazia (blue)
9 Barron (white)
6 West (white)
3 Kaneshiro (white)
44 Bence (blue)
24 Billins (blue)
22 McCusker (blue)
47 O’Brien (white)
37 Marzean (blue)
49 Pilmore (blue)
55 Birmingham (blue)
20 Doorlag (white & blue)
11 Chris Hendrickson (white & blue)

For more information please visit our website at or call the main office at (989) 356-9812.