SPRUCE GROVE, AB ? The Spruce Grove Saints are pleased to announce that Tanner Klassen and Riley Bodnarchuk have both committed to play for the Saints this upcoming season.
Klassen a 5?7? 165 lbs. forward joins the Saints from the Calgary Mustangs. The 20-year-old Calgary, Alberta native tallied 17 goals and 30 assists for 47 points, along with 26 pims in 60 games last season for the Mustangs. Klassen also added 2 assists in 5 post season games.
General Manager Rob Sklaruk commented on Klassen joining the forward group.
?Tanner is a veteran forward who will add stability and scoring. Whenever he is on the ice he makes the 4 players around him better. He?s very darty, in and out of the play with quickness, but plays a lot bigger than his size indicates.? Sklaruk continued. ?We think he is going to be a leader and big part of our group this year, we are excited that he chose the Saints.?
Bodnarchuk, an 18-year-old defenseman from Okotoks, AB joins fellow Mustangs teammate Tanner Klassen by becoming a Saint for the 2019-2020 season. The 6?3? 175 lbs. scored 2 goals and 10 assists for 12 points, along with 32 pims in 47 games last season with the Mustangs. Bodnarchuk also added 1 goal and 1 assist in 3 playoff games.
Head Coach/Assistant GM Bram Stephen was very impressed with how Bodnarchuk matched up against the Saints in their 3 meetings this season.
?Riley is a smooth skating puck moving defenceman who will insert size and grit into our lineup on the backend. We see a ton of potential in Riley with the ability to become a topflight defenseman in our league. His work ethic and attitude lead us to believe that he will reach that potential. Our staff is looking forward to working with Riley to achieve his individual and team goals.? Finished Stephen.
GM Rob Sklaruk wrapped up both players committing to the Saints with this.
?It?s a great day for the Saints to be able to add the quality of people and players that Riley and Tanner are. They are built to be Saints and we cannot wait to see them in uniform and in the community with our fans.?
The Spruce Grove Saints would like to welcome Tanner and Riley, along with their families to the Saints organization.
You can catch Tanner and Riley, along with the rest of the Saints next season by securing your season tickets now!
You can purchase your tickets online on the Saints website or at the Saints office (780)-960-8326.