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Rockets Tender Six

03/01/2017, 12:00pm EST
By Natalie Tobey

Bridgewater, NJ – The New Jersey Rockets, proud members of the National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC), have signed forwards Paul Selleck, Mason Vukonich, Alexandre Touchette, Joshua Maine and Logan Bellar along with defenseman Luc Salem to tender contracts, securing them for the 2017-2018 season. “Each of these players are an integral piece to our program as we move forward with the NCDC,” said Rockets Coach Cromarty.

A tender is a contract a team offers a prospect to reserve his rights for the upcoming season. When a player signs a tender, the player’s rights belong to that team within the NCDC, whereas that player cannot be recruited or drafted by any other member club.

Selleck (5-7/148) is a ’98 forward from Laguna Hills, California, through 31 games with the 18U Anaheim Jr. Ducks has 19 goals and 31 assists. Selleck is a “skilled offensive talent, constantly around the puck with great vision. He is confident in making plays in the tough areas of the ice, his skillset will translate well to junior hockey and we’re excited for him to be part of our program,” said Coach Cromarty.

Vukonich (6-3/196) is a ’98 forward, who through, 32 games with the Phoenix Jr. Coyotes U18 has 17 goals with 24 assists. “Mason is a 6’3” 200 lb. power forward with great hands. Mason has good vision and is a playmaker with good production in Tier 1 Elite League. He has experience in both the NAHL and USHL, and is someone we expect to step in and contribute right away,” said Cromarty. “I appreciate the opportunity to be affiliated with the rockets,” said Vukonich. “I look forward to joining them in the NCDC next season.”

Touchette (5-9/170) is a ’98 forward from Laval, Quebec, Canada. “Alexandre is a dynamic forward who is a true talent is his playmaking ability. He has great linear speed and strong hands,” said Cromarty. Touchette is finishing with school before being able to turn his full attention and focus on hockey, “I expect to see his developmental curve continue to trend upwards,” concluded Cromarty.

Maine (6-0/185) is a ’00 right shooting forward with 9 points through 21 games with Honeybaked U18. “I’m honored to have signed a tender with the NJ Rockets,” Maine said. Maine is a “prototypical power forward with a lot of upside. He plays a 200-foot game,” said Cromarty. Cromarty credits Eastern scout Ean Mendeszoon on identifying Josh. “He fits the mold of the type of player we want here.”

Bellar (6-1/165) is a ’00 forward from Flagstaff, Arizona. “I’m excited about the opportunity to play for the Rockets next year,” said Bellar. “There is a lot of work to be done between now and then but I’m looking forward to the challenge.” Bellar, a left shot, plays for the U16 Arizona Bobcats. “Logan is someone who I came across last year at the Rocky Mountain Development Camp,” said Cromarty, “he had a great camp there and followed it up at Festival. He fits the prototype of what we look for; good frame, jam and speed. I’m excited to get him in to our organization and help with the development process.”

Salem (5-9/152) is a ’99 defenseman with the Anaheim Jr. Ducks 18U. Salem has 24 points, 5 goals and 19 assists through 32 games. “Luc is a slick playmaking defenseman with the ability to quarterback a power play. He finished third in scoring for defenseman in the Tier One Elite League. This player is a riser who has shown consistent improvement in his game over the past three years,” said Cromarty.

The Rockets will play their first season in the inaugural year of the newly created National Collegiate Development Conference starting fall 2017. For more information about the Rockets contact Natalie at natalie@rocketssportsgroup.com.

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