HUNTSVILLE, AL - Huntsville Havoc head coach Glenn Detulleo announced today that captain Stuart Stefan will be returning for his fifth season with the team. Defenseman Brad Denney and forward Sean Poitras have also signed tryout agreements.
"I felt it was very important to bring our captain back," Detulleo said. "His work ethic, dedication and loyalty to this organization are second to none. I expect Stuart to continue to be one of the best defensemen in the SPHL on the ice, as well as, provide leadership off the ice."
Stefan (5-11, 175) has played 211 games for the Havoc and scored 52 goals and recorded 91 assists. He currently ranks third in Havoc history in games played, sixth in goals scored, fifth in assists and fifth in total points. He was named Second Team All-SPHL last season after finishing second among defensemen in goals and fourth in points. He was named SPHL Defenseman of the Year and First Team All-SPHL during the 2013-14 season.
"I'm excited to be returning for my fifth season in Huntsville," Stefan said. "It's a great organization to play for and I'm excited to help this team win and compete for a championship this season."
Denney (5-9, 180) saw action last season with the Danville Dashers of the FHL (45 games, 10 goals, 16 assists), the Evansville Icemen of the ECHL (1 game) and with the Louisiana Ice Gators (18 games, 1 assist). He spent four seasons at St. Mary's University from 2010-2014 where he played in 95 games and scored six goals and recorded 40 assists.
"I'm excited to bring in Brad, who is a smooth skating defenseman with good offensive instincts," Detulleo said. "I've only heard positive things about Brad's work ethic and look forward to seeing what he brings to camp."
Poitras (6-0, 190) will be making his professional debut after played five seasons at Grant MacEwan College. The Barrie, Ontario native played in 133 games and scored 29 goals and recorded 70 assists. He also played in 191 career junior games where he scored 36 goals and recorded 75 assists.
"Sean has been described as a complete 200' player," Detulleo said. "He's a competitor who mixes grit and skill effectively. I'm excited to see him compete as he starts his pro career in October."