2021 Recruiting Class

Nicolas Samson - Northern Colorado Eagles USPHL

The Melville Millionaires are pleased to announce that they’ve signed 2002-born forward Nicolas Samson for the 2021/22 SJHL season.

Samson, a St. Hubert, Quebec product had 26 goals, 40 assists for 66 points in 48 games with the Northern Colorado Eagles (USPHL Premier) during the 2020/21 season.

“I’ve heard Melville is a nice little city, and I’m just excited to be continuing my hockey career with a great organization like the Millionaires,” Samson said.

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Coaches Insight

“Nicolas has very good offensive upside.  He can score and make plays.  Has strong compete and plays with an edge.  Good quickness.  Not many Canadian players had the opportunity to play a full season las year, but he chose to go to the USPHL, which allowed him to continue to develop.  ” Mils Head Coach & General Manager Mike Rooney said.

Dylan Handel - Leduc Oil Kings U18AAA

The Mils have added another forward from the province of Alberta. Beaumont, Alberta's Dylan Handel has inked with the SJHL club for the 2021/22 season.
"The Mils' organization has so much history with a lot of NHLers that have played there, and I look forward suited up with them and being a part of the city," Handel told Mils media.
The 2003-born forward had 5 goals, 11 assists for 16 points in 30 career games with the Leduc U18 AAA Oil Kings of the Alberta Elite Hockey League.

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Coaches Insight

“Dylan has good overall hockey sense that enables him to be an effective versatile player.  Plays with good compete level. ,” Mils Head Coach & General Manager Mike Rooney said.

Zach Nicholls - OHA Edmonton U18 Prep

The Melville Millionaires have announced the signing of Chestermere, Alberta product Zach Nicholls.
The 2003-born forward suited up during the 2020/21 season with the OHA Edmonton U18 Prep, where had 2 points in 5 games.  In the previous year, he compiled 19 goals, 17 assists for 36 points in 22 games with CSSHL's Edge School U17 Prep.

"I'm really excited to be joining the Mils' organization, and I'm looking forward to bringing my all-around game to the line-up," Nicholls said.

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Coaches Insight

“Zach  has good offensive instincts and brings good skills. Combined with his skating, he has the opportunity to be very effective at the junior level.\,” Mils Head Coach & General Manager Mike Rooney said.

Rylan Bruns - Lethbridge Hurricanes U18AAA

The Mils are excited to announce that 2003-born forward Rylan Bruns has signed with hockey club for the 2021/22 SJHL season.  The rights to the Pincher Creek, Alberta product was acquired by the Mils from the Nipawin Hawks' earlier this month.

"I have heard nothing but great things about the Millionaires and beyond excited to have the opportunity to further my hockey career with such an awesome organization. I can't wait to meet the guys and get the season started", Rylan Bruns told Mills Media on Wednesday.

The 6 foot 2, 200-pound forward played parts of the last two season with the Lethbridge U18 AAA Hurricanes (AEHL) where he had 5 goals 6 assists for 11 points in 33 games while also compiling 34 penalty minutes. Dylan scored 20 goals, added 20 assists along with 61 pims placed during his U16 AAA season in 2018-19.

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Coaches Insight

"We are really happy that we are able to sign Rylan.   Trading for his SJHL playing rights a few weeks ago was the first step.  There was no guarantee he was going to sign, but we got it done.  He has a number of elements to his game.  He has  size, power and tenacity that allows his skill set to be very effective in the tight areas.  Melville is becoming a destination for good young players such as Rylan." explained General Manager / Head Coach Mike Rooney.

Charles-Thomas Larochelle - Champlain St. Lawrence Lions QCHL

The Melville Millionaires have signed forward Charles-Thomas Larochelle out of Quebec City, Quebec for the 2021/22 campaign.

The 2003-born forward comes to the Mils' out of the Champlain St. Lawrence Lions (QCHL) program where he spent the 2020/21 season, but they were unable to complete any of their game schedule.

"I am over the moon excited to the join the Millionaires' organization, I've heard nothing but good things about the city and team," Larochelle said.
Previously he had 23 goals, 14 assists for 37 points in 26 games with the Sèminaire St-Joseph M18 Major during the 2019/20 hockey season.  Larochelle has been an impactful offensive player at every level.

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Coaches Insight

“We are really excited to have Charles-Thomas sign with us.  He is a skilled player with good hockey sense.  Our fans will appreciate his overall game once he becomes comfortable in his new surroundings in Melville.  We wanted to add young skilled goal oriented players with strong character - CT checks off those boxes ” commented Mils Head Coach & General Manager Mike Rooney.

Colby Ball - Sherwood Park Kings U18AAA

The Melville Millionaires are pleased to announce that another rearguard from Sherwood Park, Alberta will join the hockey club for the 2021/22 season.

2003-born defenceman Colby Ball has inked up with the Moneymen after spending the shortened 2020/21 season with the Sherwood Park Kings of the Alberta U18 AAA Hockey League.

With the Kings during the 2020/21 season, the 6-foot, 170 pounder had 2 goals and 4 points in 6 games.  Historically he has produced points at all levels.  Named Alberta U16AAA Best Defenceman in 2018-19

Ball told Mils’ media, “I’m excited to make memories with the Millionaires’ and be a part of their great community.”

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Coaches Insight

“Colby has some real good upside.  Good overall hockey sense - has natural offensive hockey sense.  Moves puck, joins attack and makes solid plays from the offensive blueline.  He has many qualities of the 'modern day' dman. ” explained Mils Head Coach & General Manager Mike Rooney.

Austin Lusok - OHA Edmonton U18Prep

The Moneymen have announced they’ve inked up 6’3”, 170 lbs defenceman Austin Lusok for the 2021/22 SJHL season.  “I describe myself as a good two-way defenceman, who moves the puck well which allows me to jump up in the rush offensively,” Lusok describing his game to Mils’ media.

The 2003-born product from Sherwood Park, Alberta had 4 goals, 2 assists for 6 points in 5 games with the OHA Edmonton U18 Prep team during the abbreviated 2020/21 campaign.

Previously with OHA Edmonton U18 Prep during the 2019/20 season, he had 22 points in 35 games.

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Coaches Insight

“Austin is another long body Dman who can move the puck.  Has the ability and hockey sense to join the offensive attack.  He is a responsible defender.  His continued commitment to developing strength will help him make the transition to junior hockey.  He is another Dmen that provides size to our blueline,” Mils Head Coach & General Manager Mike Rooney said.

Payton Kostyshyn - Battlefords Stars U18AAA

The Melville Millionaires are pleased to announce the signing of local product and 2003-born defenceman Payton Kostyshyn for the 2021/22 SJHL season.

“I’m really looking forward to this next year, playing back in my hometown, and with the team I grew up watching as a kid,” Kostyshyn told Mils’ Media.

The 6’2, 215lbs defender from Melville spent the shortened 2020/21 campaign as captain of the Battlefords Stars of the Saskatchewan U18 AAA Hockey league, where he was pointless in 3 games.  In the previous year with the Stars, he compiled 4 goals 5 assists for 9 points in 44 games while registering 34 penalty minutes.

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Coaches Insight

“Payton is a strong defending Dman who has ability to make a good first pass to set the offensive attack.  PK can flat out shoot the puck hard and a knack of getting puck through traffic.  There is an offensive upside in his game.  He is physically so strong and will be very effective once he acclimates to the junior game.  Outstanding individual - very coachable,” indicated Mils Head Coach & General Manager Mike Rooney.

Liam Burns - Edmonton SSAC U18AAA Athletics

The Melville Millionaires are excited that they inked forward Liam Burns for the 2021/22 season.
The 2003-born forward originally from Langley, BC spent the past 2 seasons with the SSAC Athletics U18 (Edmonton) of the Alberta U18 AAA Hockey League, where in 4 games, he posted 2 goals and 2 assists for 4 points.
“I’m looking forward to making that jump to the next level of my hockey career, and I believe the Mils are great place to take that next step.” Burns told Mils media.  The Mils would like to welcome Liam and his family into the Millionaires organization and to the City of Melville.

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Coaches Insight

“Strong character comes to mind right away.  He has been a leader on his teams throughout minor hockey.  He has a well rounded game - simply that "multi-tool" type of player.  Has offensive ability, but plays well away from the puck. His ability to generate speed fits well into our style.   He is still building his hockey strength and will become difficult to play as he adds more muscle to his long frame"  Millionaires Head Coach and General Manager Mike Rooney indicated to Millionaires Media Group

Matt Strilets - Shawnigan Lake U18 Prep (CSSHL)

The Melville Millionaires are pleased to announce the signing of a 2003-born defenceman from British Columbia.  The Moneymen have inked up Courtenay, BC product Matthew Strilets for the 2021/22 SJHL season.

“I’m looking forward to be a part of the community of Melville and become a Millionaire, I’ve heard nothing but good things,” Strilets commented.

Strilets played the 2019/20 season with the Shawnigan Lake School U18 Prep (CSSHL) where he had 5 goals and 5 assists along with 36 pims

The Mils would like to welcome Matt and his family into the Millionaires organization and to the City of Melville.

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Coaches Insight

“Matt is a strong character individual - he sets a high standard.  He has developed into a strong defender - a shut down puck mover.  I believe his skating and overall hockey sense will allow him to connect to the attack and allow him to expand his game.  He won U17 CCSHL Top Defenseman Award a couple seasons ago.  When you look at the history of the players who have won that - well majority of them have had real good junior hockey careers "  commented Millionaires Head Coach and General Manager Mike Rooney

Carter McKay - Yorkton SeCon U18AAA Maulers

The Melville Millionaires’ will be adding some local flavor for the upcoming 2021/22 SJHL season.   The Mils have signed 2005-born forward and Melville’s own Carter McKay.

McKay said, “Playing in hometown is a dream come true, and I know that Melville is a great hockey community.”

McKay, who was an auto-protect of the Mils from 2020 SJHL Draft, suited up with the Yorkton SeCon Maulers (Sask U18 AAA) in the 2020/21 season where he had 2 goals & 5 assists for 7 points in 7 games.

Before that, he played in 52 career games with the Melville U15 AA Millionaires, where he compiled 44 goals, 53 assists for 97 points.

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Coaches Insight

“Carter has so many elements that our organization looks for in a player.  Playing at 16 in the SJHL is not typical, but he has the hockey strength to play in this league.  He is a goal scorer who has the ability to make plays.  He brings a compete level that will be difficult to match by any player in this league.  His style of game will simply "pull" others into the battles.  As any young player, there will be a process (plan) to developing all aspects of his game.  Our staff is excited to work with him"  stated Millionaires Head Coach and General Manager Mike Rooney

Louis-Frédéric Théberge - Mount Academy Saints U18 Prep

The SJHL's Melville Millionaires' are excited to sign 2003-born defenceman Louis-Frédéric Théberge of Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec for the 2021/22 season.  "I've heard nothing but good things of the organization and the staff, and I'm happy to being joining the team," Théberge added.  The 6'2", 180lbs defenceman suited up with the Mount Academy Saints U18 Prep during the 2020/21 season.    They managed to play 14 games where he scored 3 goals and added 9 assists. During the 2019/20 season, he had 1 goal 6 assists for 7 points in 42 games with Jonquière Élites (Quebec U18 AAA).

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Coaches Insight

“Louis brings many qualities that we covet.  He has great hockey sense and poise.  Very strong skill set and moves puck well in all areas of the ice.  He has the reach and range with his stature.  There is a great deal of upside in his game.  There will be a transition period, but at the end of the day he receive many "looks" from the scouting fraternity   ”, stated Millionaires Head Coach and General Manager Mike Rooney

Cole Larocque - Tri-City Americans / Coaldale Copperheads

The Melville Millionaires' are pleased to announce that forward Cole Larocque has committed to the hockey club for the 2021/22 SJHL season.
"I'm excited to explore and join my new 2nd home in Melville, and I look forward to playing in front of the Millionaires' fans," Larocque told Mils media.
The 2003-born forward from Lethbridge suited up in the short 2020/21 season with the Coaldale Copperheads prior to joining the Tri-City Americans of the WHL,.  He contributed 2 goals and 5 points in 2 games with the CopperheadsPreviously he spent the 2019/20 season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes U18 AAA, where had 7 goals, 6 assists for 13 points in 30 games.  He led the U18AAA in playoff goal scoring as he posted 7 goals, 3 assists in 8 playoff games

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Coaches Insight

“Cole provides so many elements to our game.  He is a strong two-way player and he has the compete level that we want to build our team around.  Simply a Big Game player.  He has many intangibles, but that should not overlook the fact that Cole has the skill set and can skate  ”, said Millionaires Head Coach and General Manager Mike Rooney

Jake Watson - Rink Academy U18Prep Kelowna

The Melville Millionaires are pleased to announce the signing of 2003-born forward Jake Watson for the 2021/22 SJHL season.

Watson, a Vernon BC product spent the abbreviated 2020/21 season with the CSSHL’s Rink Hockey Academy Kelowna U18 Prep, where he had 2 goals, 6 assists for 8 points in 7 games while also compiling 24 penalty minutes.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to play for the Millionaires’ and I hope to provide an impact on not only the team itself but the community of Melville as well,” Watson said.

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Coaches Insight

“Jake brings a high level of compete to our team. A gritty player who is efficient at both ends of the rink.  Effective making playing plays in the high traffic areas”, said Millionaires Head Coach and General Manager Mike Rooney

Nicholas Andrusiak - Tisdale Trojans U18AAA

The Mils are pleased they’ve inked up 2004-born defenceman and former 2nd overall pick Nicholas Andrusiak.
“Ever since the Mils drafted me, I’ve looked forward to the opportunity to join the Millionaires and be a part of their city,” Andrusiak said to Mils’ Media.
The Tisdale, Saskatchewan product has spent the past two seasons with his hometown Trojans of the Saskatchewan U18 AAA Hockey league, where he chipped in with 20 assists in 47 career games.

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Coaches Insight

“Nicholas brings many elements with his complete package.  He is a strong skater who makes good passes in all areas of the rink.  Defends well.  Great off ice character and takes his training very serious.  A real good athlete.  He will be a top 17 year old in the SJHL.  He flat out improves our blueline,” Mils Head Coach & General Manager Mike Rooney said.