CHL Preview: Cutthroats prepare to shine in second season

A.J. Gale’s 46 goals last year led the CHL / Photo by Les Stockton

DENVER, Co. – The Denver Cutthroats look to come out strong during their second season in the Central Hockey League. Denver will once again rely on former NHL player Derek Armstrong as coach, with Brad Smyth assisting. Utilizing the proven track record of veteran players like AJ Gale and Troy Schwab, while bringing in new and powerful additions like TJ Fox and Matt Glasser, the Cutthroats are quickly becoming a strong contender for the Ray Miron Cup.

Armstrong will look to power forwards Gale and Schwab again this season to lead the pack in offensive efforts, while bringing in some energetic and powerful wingers to provide the rounded out force necessary to drive the offensive effort. Gale scored 46 goals and 38 assists last year, while Schwab netted 21 goals and 60 assists.

Defensively the Cutthroats will look to Sean Zimmerman and Phil Tesoriero to drive the defensive line, while bringing in heavy hitters like Aaron MacKenzie to help balance the blue line out. Sean Zimmerman had 13 assists last season, while Phil Tesoriero netted 4 goals and 4 assists. The Denver net will be tended to by newcomer Casey Sherwood.

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Team: Denver Cutthroats
Arena: Denver Coliseum (8,140)
Head Coach: Derek Armstrong (2nd season, 30-26-10)
2012-13: 30-26-10, lost in 1st round.
2012-13 Home: 19-10-4
2012-13 Road: 11-16-6
2012-13 Scoring Leaders: AJ Gale (46 G, 38 A = 84); Troy Schwab (21, 60 A = 81)

Returning players: Sean Zimmerman, Troy Schwab, AJ Gale, and Jean-Philipp Chabot, Luke Fulghum, Phil Tesoriero, and Aaron MacKenzie.

Key additions: TJ Fox and Matt Glasser

Training camp roster –
Forwards: Troy Schwab, AJ Gale, Jean-Philipp Chabot, Braydon Metz, Scott Stafford, Jeff  Nietenbach, Nic Polaski, August Akins, Garett Bembridge, TJ Fox, Matt Glasser, Brent Sands, Beau Walker and Jordan Ethier

Defensemen: Sean Zimmerman, Andrew Jasicki, Dustin Henning, Bill Horton, Daniel Barnes, Steve Kaunisto, Nello Ferrara, Aaron MacKenzie, Michael Trebish and Phil Tesoriero

Goalies: Casey Sherwood

Contact the writer: jeremiah.griffith@prohockeynews.com
Contact the photographer: les.stockton@prohockeynews.com

Editor’s note- With CHL teams opening training camp this week, the Pro Hockey News CHL staff is giving you an inside look at all ten teams to get you ready for the upcoming season. Today we look at the Denver Cutthroats.

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