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Road Warriors bring back pair


Greenville, S.C. – The Greenville Road Warriors, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced the signings of forward Paul Rodrigues and defenseman Andrew Himelson for the 2015-16 season.

A third-year pro, Rodrigues spent the majority of last season with the Road Warriors and amassed 19 points (8g-11a) in 53 games, including five points (1g-4a) in the last five contests. The 26-year-old also played seven games with the Pensacola Ice Flyers (Southern Professional Hockey League) last season, where he earned six points (4g-2a) and a +3 rating.

A native of Etobicoke, Ontario, Rodrigues made 40 appearances with South Carolina in 2013-14 and produced 15 points (7g-8a) and 11 penalty minutes. He also played 20 games with SPHL Pensacola during his rookie campaign and recorded an impressive 26 points (5g-21a). He went on to make seven post-season appearances with the Ice Flyers and helped win the President’s Cup Championship in 2014.

Prior to turning pro, Rodrigues skated four seasons at SUNY–Oswego from 2009-13 and produced 133 points (50g-83a) in 112 games. During his senior season in 2012-13, Rodrigues finished second in points (47) and tied for first in assists (30) among all NCAA Division III players.

Himelson, 25, notched 16 points (6g-10a) in 50 games with the Road Warriors last season, including his first career three-point game on Dec. 20 at Wheeling.

The third-year defenseman began his professional career in 2013-14 with the Tulsa Oilers (Central Hockey League), Knoxville Ice Bears (SPHL) and Greenville. In 35 games with the Road Warriors, he notched 10 points (1g-9a) eight penalty minutes and a +6 rating. Himelson also appeared in 13 playoff contests for the Warriors notching two assists.

Prior to turning pro, Himelson spent four seasons at Clarkson University and earned 32 points (7g-25a) and 54 penalty minutes in 112 games. The defenseman also played one season in the United States Hockey League with the Des Moines Buccaneers.