American winger Evan Janssen will make his UK debut with the Guildford Flames ice hockey club. The 25 year old forward iced 37 games last term in an injury shortened opening pro season in which he scored 7 goals and 18 points with Rapid City Rush of the East Coast Hockey League. He also made a trio of appearances with American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild where he had a goal and an assist.
“I want to thank Coach Dixon and the entire organization for this opportunity,” said the native of Green Bay, Wisconsin. “I can’t wait to put the Flames jersey on and represent the team. I look forward to moving to Guildford and getting the season started.”
Janssen’s opening pro activity was preceded by 4 collegiate seasons in the NCAA with University of Denver Pioneers. In 2016-2017, his final year of eligibility, Janssen was an alternate Captain and helped the side to the National Championship while recording 26 points from 7 goals and 19 assists in 42 starts. His academic-athletic career spanned 146 games and included 14 goals, 47 points and a 2013-2014 conference title in addition to country supremacy that would follow a few seasons later.
The 5’11”, 190lb skater opened his Jr career with North American Hockey League’s Alaska Avalanche in 2011-2012 where he was an All-Rookie 2nd
Team selection thanks to 23 goals and 25 assists in 59 appearances. He moved on to the United States Hockey League the following year where he helped the Dubuque Fighting Saints to the Clark Cup championship while delivering 10 goals and 23 points in 51 starts ahead of his college run.
“Evan is a great well rounded addition to the club,” explained Head Coach Paul Dixon. “He is a good skater and can play in every situation.”
“He has played powerplay, been a good penalty killer, been relied on in more role type situations and put up good offensive numbers when those opportunities have presented.”
“While digging into Evan we learned he is a terrific teammate with a great work ethic, and has helped his previous teams to championship success.”
“He brings a similar attitude that we have seen from the guys we brought in last year, many of whom are back with us, and we think Evan is a good addition to the overall approach that we want from our players.”