Chris Newans and Tom Wilson Bolster Fresno's Blueline
The Fresno Falcons have announced the signing of Chris Newans
and Tom Wilson for the 1999-2000 season. Although each is listed as a defenseman,
the similarities between the two end there.
Newans, hailing from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island,
is an offensive threat as a two-way defenseman with tremendous goal-scoring
ability. He was the WCHL's top scoring defenseman as a member of the Anchorage
Aces in 1996-97, leading the league's blueliners in both goals and assists
with 26 and 57 respectively. The following year for Anchorage Newans again
led all WCHL defensemen in goals scored with 24 and finished as the fourth
highest scoring defenseman overall with 64 points.
In stark contrast to Newans, the 6'1", 205 lb. Wilson
is a tough, stay-at-home defenseman that makes his presence felt in front
of his own net. He spent the last three years with the Columbus Cottonmouths
of the Central Hockey League racking up 200 plus penalty minutes each year
and was instrumental to the team's championship run in the 1997-98 season.
"Although Chris and Tom have completely different styles
of play, both will be equally important to our success this year,"
says Falcons head coach Blaine Moore. "Chris will be able to create
a lot of mismatches for us offensively, and Tom will greatly strengthen
our play in our own zone."