Phoenix sign Clouthier

Friday, 26th January 2007

Manchester Phoenix player coach Tony Hand has moved quickly in signing experienced left winger Brett Clouthier.

Brett Clouthier started the season with the Sheffield Steelers, but was released by the south Yorkshire club on Thursday, despite having registered nine goals and ten assists in 36 appearances. Standing 6ft 5ins, the tough 25-year old originally from Ottawa will give the Phoenix a strong physical presence on their second line.

A second round draft pick of the New Jersey Devils in 1999, Clouthier played 300 games in the American Hockey League with the Albany River Rats and Binghampton Senators together with two short stints in the East Coast Hockey League before crossing the Atlantic last September.

Hand commented, "We'd been looking at a few players when we heard Brett was being released by the Steelers. Having played against him, we know what he can do and he's actually done really well against us. Now, we're looking forward to him coming in and doing really well for us. Every game from here on in is a big one for us and to get someone quickly who knows the league and can slot right in was important and we're confident Brett will do just that."

Clouthier remarked, "Naturally, I was disappointed to get released by Sheffield, but Manchester moved quickly to talk to me and I'm pleased to sign with them. As Tony says, I've done well against the Phoenix to date, the key now is take that form and use it well in Phoenix colours."

The Phoenix are processing a transfer of work permit application and expect Brett Clouthier to be cleared to play next Thursday, February 1st, when they travel to Northern Ireland to take on the Belfast Giants.

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