PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Pensacola Ice Pilots announced that left wing Mark Rooneem and left wing Adam Courchaine have been assigned from the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League and that defenseman Steven Later has been assigned from the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.
The Ice Pilots are the ECHL affiliate of the Marlies of the AHL and the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League.
Selected in the fourth round (115th overall) by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, the 6-foot-2 and 188-pound Rooneem has 10 penalty minutes in five games with Houston. In his rookie season in 2004-05, he had nine points (2g-7a) and six penalty minutes in eight regular season games and one assist and two penalty minutes in four Kelly Cup Playoff games for the Ice Pilots and 27 points (17g-10a) and 72 penalty minutes in 57 games with Louisiana while also playing one game with Houston.
Selected in the seventh round (219th overall) by the Minnesota Wild in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and in his first professional season, the 21-year-old Courchaine has played six games with Houston. The 5-foot-10 and 175-pound Courchaine played five seasons in the Western Hockey League with Medicine Hat and Vancouver and had 283 points (131g-152a) and 104 penalty minutes in 285 regular season games and 20 points (10g-10a) and 10 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games.
The 21-year-old Later has not played a professional game, but played the last three seasons in the Western Hockey League with Saskatoon, Prince George and Brandon and had 76 points (18g-58a) and 426 penalty minutes in 139 regular season games and 28 points (8g-20a) and 118 penalty minutes in 38 playoff games.