Black Bears Add Through the Dispersal Draft

by Jon Kliment

The Binghamton Black Bears of the Federal Prospects Hockey League are proud to announce they have acquired three new pieces through the Elmira dispersal draft. The Black Bears selected a trio of forwards in Hudson Michaelis, Kyle Stevens, and Tyler Gjurich.

Michaelis, a 25-year-old centreman out of Cambridge, ON, played 45 games for the Enforcers in 2019-20 before opting out of last season due to COVID concerns. Before the season was stopped Hudson posted 27 goals and 32 assists for 59 points in those 45 games and was lethal in the face-off circle. Michaelis posted 16 points during the regular season (9 goals and 7 assists) while going +4 on the season the previous year in Ostersunds Sweden. Michaelis also had an assist in five games in the playoffs. Hudson has continuously posted high point totals throughout his career and will be looking to add to the Black Bears offense.

Stevens, a 26-year-old forward from Boston, MA, finished his third season in the FPHL and his second with the Enforcers in 2019-20. Kyle has put together impressive numbers as through 100 games played in Elmira he has 32 goals and 68 assists for 100 points making him a point a game player. Stevens had put up 9 points in his last 5 games of the 2019-2020 campaign before the season had to be suspended. Entering his 4th season in the FPHL Kyle will be looked at as a veteran leader in the room as the Black Bears will be looking to come out strong.

Gjurich, a 29-year old from Hatfield, PA, had himself another phenomenal year as he put together a 31-point season in just 23 games during the COVID year. Since being traded from the Watertown Wolves Tyler continued to push out offensive production and capitalized on his chances for 30 goals during the shortened COVID season. Gjurich brought a winning mentality with him in the trade and was honored by being named one of the 2019-2020 offensive players of the year, his third straight year receiving the award.

When talking about the selection process coach James Henry knew what he wss looking for “We need players who can contribute and fill the void. These are three players who have had success and done so together. This means a lot to the formation of our roster this season. With these guys coming from Elmira they know what this area has to offer and it should make for a seamless transition.”

The Black Bears are looking forward to their first season in Binghamton and are getting ready for a late October start. Season tickets for the 2021-2022 season are now on sale, call 607-722-7367 to save your seat today!