Basiuk keen to push Phoenix to next level

Thursday, 10th May 2007

Twenty-six year old Scott Basiuk - captain of the Manchester Phoenix last season - has agreed terms to return to club for a second season.

Speaking from his home in New York State, the Saskatchewan native commented, "I wanted to come back to Manchester, but if I'm honest, I wasn't expecting the call from Tony to come quite as quickly as it did. I hadn't even begun thinking about my options, as Manchester was first in my mind. I was keen to come back and delighted when Tony called."

Basiuk wore the captain's C last season and contributed four goals and 18 assists while sitting out 109 penalty minutes. Phoenix Director of Hockey Tony Hand noted, "Bazzer was a good captain for me last season both on and off the ice. He has good size, good speed and a very good shot – I'm looking for him to use it a bit more this coming season and hopefully increase his points production."

Basiuk added, "Last season was pretty good considering, probably better than we could have expected given the circumstances we endured with no home rink till the end of February. Next season should see things a lot more settled and I believe that will help everyone on the team that Tony puts together. I'm excited already and expect good things to happen for the Phoenix."

Scott Basiuk joins Adam Walker and Matt Rich as the three confirmed signings made by the Phoenix for season 2007/08 and Hand added, "we're busy on a number of fronts. We have had a lot of contact from players interested in coming to Manchester and we're busy researching players suggested to us by agents. We're in no great rush to make signings as it's still early in the summer and as the weeks go by, more players will become available."

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