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Toledo Walleye Receive Rights to Five Players

Friday, Jun. 13th, 2014

TOLEDO - The Toledo Walleye have acquired the rights to forward William Rapuzzi from the Idaho Steelheads to complete the trade made on February 24, 2014, in which Toledo also acquired defenseman Tyler Elbrecht in exchange for defenseman Russ Sinkewich. Toledo has acquired the rights to forward A.J. Jenks from the Florida Everblades as compensation for the Aaron Bogosian trade on February 24, 2014, and forward Trevor Bruess from Florida in the trade on March 6, 2014, for goaltender Mac Carruth.

Toledo has also picked up the rights to defenseman Corey Fienhage from Orlando in the deal that sent Aaron Clarke to Orlando on March 13, 2014, and forward Mike Seidel from Gwinnett as compensation for the rights to defenseman Nathan Martine last summer.

Rapuzzi was recently named ECHL Rookie of the Year, following the 2013-14 season where he collected 16 goals, 42 assists in 60 games with Idaho. His 42 helpers led all first year players while his 58 points was good for second. The power play specialist posted 21 points (6G, 15A) while his team was on the man advantage. The 24-year-old played his college hockey at Colorado College, where he had 87 points (39G, 48A) in 151 games over four years.

Jenks, a native of Wolverine Lake, Michigan, appeared in 41 games last season with Florida where he posted 35 points (18G, 17A). Since 2009, the 23-year-old has appeared in 68 total ECHL games between Florida, Cincinnati and Charlotte with 44 points (22G, 22A). The fourth-round pick of the Florida Panthers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft has also collected 38 points (15G, 23A) in 151 games played in the AHL between Rochester, San Antonio and Charlotte. Prior to turning professional, Jenks spent four years with Plymouth of the OHL. He had 193 points (79G, 114A) over 249 games with the Whalers.

Bruess hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota and skated in 61 games in 2013-14 for the Everblades with 14 goals and a career best 23 assists. The 28-year-old forward has appeared in 176 ECHL games between Florida and South Carolina since turning professional in 2009 with 107 points (42G, 65A). In 2011-12 he set a career high with 18 goals in 61 games and followed that up with 12 points (5G, 7A) in 18 playoff games as Florida went on to win the Kelly Cup. He also appeared with Minnesota State from 2006-2009 with 61 points (24G, 37A) in 110 games.

Fienhage spent all last season in Orlando posting 17 points (2G, 15A) in 63 games with the Solar Bears. The Apple Valley, Minnesota native has also skated with Gwinnett in his ECHL career spanning a total of 160 games in which he has 9 goals and 36 assists. Prior to turning professional in 2011, the 24-year-old played one full season with Kamloops of the WHL (70GP, 4G, 10A) and two years with North Dakota (NCAA) with a total of 39 games played, three assists and 56 penalty minutes.

Seidel spent most of last season with the Evansville IceMen where he posted 28 points (11G, 17A) in 57 contests. He also had one goal and two assists in 10 games with Gwinnett to finish out his rookie season. From 2009-2013, the 26-year-old played at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. The Darien, Illinois native collected 47 goals and 41 assists over 150 college contests.



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