Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Seawolves Add Two Players (Aiken/Gorham)

Doyle Woody is reporting on his blog that the Seawolves have added BCHL recruit August Aiken and OSU transfer Brad Gorham to their roster. Gorham will have to sit out his transfer season and will be eligible to begin playing this time next year. Aiken is eligible immediately after sitting out the first half to take college courses online and improve his test scores. It would be a rare thing for an athelete to show up on Day 1 with the necessary fitness to begin playing right away so I'm just guessing we won't see Aiken this weekend.

Word was out that some non-specific NCAA Clearinghouse things kept Aiken from enrolling and joining the team at the beginning of the season. It's nice to see those hurdles successfully negotiated. I know I had some hopes for August as a player so we'll see if he can use the 2nd half to step up to this level and contribute. Doyle says that Shyiak describe Gorham as a versatile player who can play forward or defense. Jared Tuton is a senior next year so Brad sounds like a nice pickup to replace what Jared brings every night.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you have played half a season, leave to play at another school, are you to red-shirt for only half a season or the entire 2009/2010 season?

Donald Dunlop said...

A redshirt is a different thing. A transfer sits out a year from the time he enrolls at the new school. Gorham's last season with OSU was 07-08. He didn't re-enroll there at the beginning of this season nor did he apparently enroll at UAA until now.

Anonymous said...

Still, it seems like Gorham will fit in nicely. Like DD said, he should hopefully be able to replace some of the intangibles that Tuton brings to the table. It doesn't hurt that he is 6'0 and 190 lbs. and he will have 3 years of eligibility left.

As for Aiken, I have been trying to find any information on the guy but you won't find anything on the internet. Bottom line is that another forward to choose from will not hurt us. He had decent junior numbers in the BCHL so I'm sure he can adapt to the WCHA game. Question is, how quickly?

Suze said...

Thanks for the info Donald. See ya at the games.

Anonymous said...

The WCHA is a huge jump from the BCHL...HUGE....Both are going to be fighting to play every game ..which is a good thing...

Anonymous said...

Supposively Aiken has been training all summer and fall. I heard from a Kelowna resident who went to Westside Warrior games the playmaking Aiken had great chemistry with Tommy Grant. Aiken's speed in open ice should help create offensive opportunities.

seawolvesfan said...

both sound like solid recruits. hope they transfer to the WCHA quickly

Anonymous said...

I don't see either of them on UAA's roster yet.

Anonymous said...

Great news today for August Aiken. The speedy forward is heading off to the University of Alaska Anchorage to play Division 1 NCAA hockey next season. Aiken was known for his speed, flashy moved and offensive skills in the BCHL. However, I also found him to be a guy who was sharp in his own zone and had very good anticipation. If he brings his game consistently in Alaska I can see him making an impact. They have Olympic sized ice and that will really benefit a guy with that kind of speed.

Suze said...

Donald, I just noticed your recruit link! Thanks a ton. I was wondering how these guys were doing, but wasn't up to researching it on my own. You rock!

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