The Central Hockey League (CHL) announced the revision of the veteran status changes today, along with a few other league changes. Duane Lewis, CHL Commissioner, revealed that the team owners voted to approve the newest contract with the Professional Hockey Players’ Association (PHPA). This change will take effect for the new hockey season.
The Colorado Eagles may now choose to retain six veterans on the team versus the past limit of four. Since the Eagles have nine veterans to choose from, this is a monumental opportunity for the team to preserve some aggressive talent from the 2009-10 season. “A veteran is defined as a player with 301 or more combined professional games.”
As you may remember, the Colorado Eagles ended the season with nine players reaching the veteran status: Aaron Schneekloth , Riley Nelson, Ryan Tobler, Ed McGrane, Brett Lutes, Jim Jackson, Fraser Filipic, Jason Beatty, and Kevin Ulanski.
Coach Stewart has signed Ulanski. Ed McGrane signed a contract to play in Sweden. Jim Jackson has been traded. Now we play the waiting game, who will Coach Stewart sign next?
So far the Colorado Eagles have signed:
Tim Boron (G)
George Bradley (D)
David Brown (D)
Braden Desmet (F)
A.J. Hau (F)
Chris Hau (D)
Steve Haddon (F)
Adam Hogg (F)
Kyle Jones (G)
Andrew Loewen (G)
Brad MacMillan (F)
Kyle Peto (D)
Daymen Rycroft (F) – Veteran status
Kevin Ulanski (F) – Veteran status
Lee Zalasky (F)