Ice Dogs Plan To Stay True To Their Core

By Dave Werstine Copyright (c) Long Beach Press Telegram
Staff writer

When it’s all said and done, Ice Dogs coach Malcolm Cameron figures to have a core group of eight players back from last year’s team that finished third overall in the ECHL standings.

To that end, defensem

When it’s all said and done, Ice Dogs coach Malcolm Cameron figures to have a core group of eight players back from last year’s team that finished third overall in the ECHL standings.

To that end, defenseman Steeve Villeneuve became the second piece to the puzzle Monday, agreeing to terms on a new contract. Terms were not disclosed.

Coming straight out of junior hockey, the 6-foot, 200-pound Villeneuve had five goals and 15 assists in 70 games. But his real contribution can’t be found on the scoresheets.

Villeneuve, who joins Chris Kenady on the 2005-06 roster, played more than 20 minutes per night, was an unsung hero and had a “warrior-like attitude’ in helping the Ice Dogs to a 43-20-9 record and an appearance in the playoffs for the first time in three years.

And Cameron says Villeneuve’s best years are ahead.

‘It’s nice to have him back. He had an outstanding rookie year with us last season,” said Cameron. “Being able to come straight from juniors and play 20 minutes a night as a first-year defenseman is a tremendous accomplishment. But I expect bigger and better things.

“What he did for us last year was pretty special. He played all roles last year and he’s the kind of guys everybody hates to play against. His warrior-like attitude is what we’ll need to win the Kelly Cup.

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