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BULLS BULK ROSTER; ADD FOUR PLAYERS

Bradford, Ontario
December 15, 2013

General Manager Michael Fish has been busy tweaking the Bradford Bulls roster through the past week. As the January 10th GMHL acquisition deadline approaches, the Bulls have limited time to find the combination of players that will give the club the best opportunity at the Russell Cup.

Four players have been added to the roster: Braedan Foote, Jae-Woo Kim, Zach LeDuc and Jay Croop. This, on the heels of the worst stretch of games on the season. After opening the season 18-1-2, the Bulls had struggled going 1-3-1 before the changes.

Braedan Foote was signed as a free agent last week from the Dryden Ice Dogs in the SIJHL (Jr. A). Foote is an experienced junior hockey defenseman that play style fits directly into the Bulls systems. "He makes very smart decisions with and without the puck", said GM Michael Fish, "he adds depth to our blue-line and can be played in any situation." Foote is a local guy aswell; he played his minor hockey with the Barrie Colts Midget AAA organization back in 2011. THe next year, he attended Worcester Academy, an US based hockey-prep school before moving to the WSHL Jr. A for the 2012-13 season.

Jae-Woo Kim is a Korean import sent to the club last week from Eastern-Asia scout. Kim is a 21 year old D-man and considered the best prospect in South Korea. "He is an excellent passer," said Fish, "Kim was the captain of his University hockey club, he will be a good player for us." Jao-Woo was also the captain of the Korean U20 National Junior Team, competing in several IIHF WJC's for his country.

Zach LeDuc adds another veteran presence to the line-up. LeDuc was acquired in a trade with the Orangeville Americans earlier last week. He is a 21 year old centre man from Barrie with junior experience. LeDuc has spent the last few seasons between the Jr. B and Jr. C levels, but the Bulls feel he can add an element to the club and compete at the Jr. A level. Fish says he has been pleased with addition: "it was a solid pick-up, he has great vision with the puck and can play anywhere in the line-up. (We can) put him out on the first or third line and he can do the job."

Jay Croop is an 21 year old offensive power-house that the Bulls have signed from free-agency. Jay has spent the last two seasons playing  Jr. A in the USA. Last season he put up 61 points (28-33-61) in only 42 games. "He is a natural scorer, he is a great offensive talent that will generate alot for our club. His vision with the puck in incredible." said Michael Fish.

Follow the Bulls and see all of these new players in action in the coming home games. Stay tuned to www.bradfordbulls.ca for more news soon about the upcoming trade-deadline!