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."