Yuill To Debut With Flames
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Canadian Defenceman Alex Yuill’s pro debut was delayed a year by the pandemic, but he will get his chance with the Flames when the puck drops on the 2021-2022 season. The 26-year-old blueliner spent his previous 5 seasons with USports outfit Ontario Tech Ridgebacks. In his final term, the 5’8”, 170lb skater posted 3 goals and 17 points in 28 appearances ahead of a goal and a helper in 3 playoff starts. Across his collegiate stay, the native of Picton, Ontario played 140 games, scoring 12 goals and 69 points. During his penultimate term he was selected to Canada’s team for the World University games where he had 2 points in 7 tournament games.
“I am excited to finally see the city of Guildford, meet my teammates and be an asset to the team”, offered Yuill.
Prior to his university residence, Yuill spent 4 seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with Belleville Bulls and Barrie Colts where 244 games yielded 51 points. During his rookie term, he was selected for the Canadian Under 17 team representing Ontario and had 3 assists in 6 games on the way to a Bronze medal.
“We were glad to hear that Alex’s desire to compete was not dampened by the interruption to last season,” explained Head Coach Paul Dixon.
“Certainly, returning to the intensity of full contact, competitive play will be a bit of an adjustment, but he is still a younger guy and has had enough ice and training time to be able to slip back in.”
“We have been very mobile and good at puck management to help us leave our own zone so continuing to fill holes with players who have those skills, like Alex, is a key part of building a team that does not spend an inordinate amount of time defending constant pressure.”
“We think Alex will be a great fit with the kind of team we want to put on the ice, and we are looking forward to watching him debut with us.”