Justin Soryal – – An Extraordinary Enforcer

CHARLOTTE, NC – Every ice hockey team has one; in fact most contact sports have one. An enforcer that is. The Charlotte Checkers are not any different, they have Justin Soryal, a 6’ 2’, 210lb left wing. The difference is that this enforcer is a talented player as well as making his presence felt on the ice.
Born in Newmarket, Ontario, Justin began his career with Aurora Tigers in 2003-4. Then in 2004-5 he moved to Peterborough Petes in the Ontario Hockey League. For the Petes he played 201 games, scoring 46 goals, 53 assists with a point’s total of 99.
For the 2008-9 seasons he played for the Hartford Wolf Pack in the American Hockey League, 110 games, scoring 8 goals, 11 assists with a points total of 19. The Connecticut Whales were his next stop in the AHL; he played 79 games with 3 goals, 3 assists and 6 points.
During the 2011-12 season with the Checkers, Justin Soryal showed that he was a big, physical forward who was tough, and he could play. He was the kind of player that the Carolina Hurricanes, who signed him in July, 2011, needed. He loves to hit and play protector to the more skilled players.
It was against the Oklahoma City Barons that Justin clashed with a certain Triston Grant. The first brawl was on October 28, 2011, 11.43 into the first period. Two weeks later the return match was on November 11 this time in the second period. As if they had not seen enough of each other, up close and personal on February 24, 2012, 9 minutes and 7 seconds in to the third period they clashed again.
Grant was just one player who felt the fire of Soryal. In all during the 2011-12 season he had 14 fights, some penalty time and a broken shin that kept him off the ice to the end of the season. But now he is back, fitter than ever and excited about the new season. The Checkers have been working on speed and playing a more up- tempo game. With the new signings they are going to be a formidable opponent for any team.
Naturally, Justin Soryal wants to make that step to the NHL and the Carolina Hurricanes. Maybe this will be his season. One thing is sure, Justin Soryal will be making those hits, maybe getting into a scrap or two. Interestingly, Justin told me, “None of what I do is personnel, it is just my job.” Eddie.Mitchell@ProHockeyNews.com Follow us on Twitter @prohockeynews

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