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Monsters Ink Forward Derek DeBlois to a PTO Contract

CLEVELAND – In advance of a two-game weekend road series vs. the Charlotte Checkers, Cleveland’s Lake Erie Monsters signed right-handed forward Derek DeBlois to a 25-game Professional Tryout Contract, the team announced Saturday. DeBlois participated in the Monsters’ 2015 Training Camp and appeared in ten games for Lake Erie this season, posting two goals, six penalty minutes and a +1 rating. In 13 appearances for the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays this season, DeBlois contributed four goals, eight points, 17 penalty minutes and a +6 rating.

A 5’11”, 187 lb. native of Warwick, RI, DeBlois, 24, registered three goals, six penalty minutes and a +2 rating in 14 career AHL appearances for the Monsters and Worcester Sharks spanning parts of two seasons from 2014 to 2015. In 72 career ECHL appearances for South Carolina spanning parts of two seasons from 2014 to 2015, DeBlois supplied 25 goals, 53 points, 59 penalty minutes and a +23 rating.

In 141 career NCAA appearances spanning four varsity seasons at the University of Michigan from 2010 to 2014, DeBlois accumulated 24 goals, 61 points, 98 penalty minutes and a +32 rating and in his lone USHL campaign, DeBlois contributed 11 goals, 33 points, 48 penalty minutes and a +17 rating in 55 appearances for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders during the 2009-10 season.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Saturday road clash vs. Charlotte with full coverage underway from Bojangles Coliseum at 7:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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