FORMER NHL PLAYER’S SON AND TWO OTHERS SIGN PTO WITH THE HAT TRICKS
DANBURY, CT – The Hat Tricks have signed Tobias Commanda-Odjick, Dzmitry Daniliuk and Kole Beaton to PTO deals.
Commanda-Odjick comes from hockey bloodlines. His father, Gino Odjick, played 12 seasons in the NHL for the Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens.
The 20-year-old forward comes to camp looking for his first chance to play professional hockey. He spent last season with the Campbellton Tigers of the MJAHL, where he registered 12 points in 14 games.
“Coming in, I’m excited. I’m really looking forward to it,” Commanda-Odjick said. “I’ve been looking to make the jump to the next level. My game is being a physical force out there, being an offensive force and just keeping it simple.”
Commanda-Odjick has taken guidance from his father and feels prepared to make the jump to professional hockey.
Dzmitry Daniliuk is entering his third season in the Federal League. He has played 84 games in the league, with 82 of those coming as a member of the Mentor Ice Breakers. In the 2019-20 season, Daniliuk scored twice and added nine assists on the backend for the Ice Breakers.
The 27-year-old left-shot defenseman is excited to join camp.
“I want to play in Danbury because I heard it is a great organization,” Daniliuk said. “It is a good place to grow as a hockey player and I think I am a good defensive addition to the team. My goal is to win championship and I think we can.”
Like Commanda-Odjick, Kole Beaton enters a professional camp for the first time in his career.
He last played for the Waterloo Maroons in the LHSR. The 22-year-old forward is looking for a shot at playing professional hockey.
“I feel like [Danbury] will be a good fit for me and my style of play,” Beaton said. “[Danbury] also seems like a really good hockey town with a good fan base. My expectations for this season would be to make a good playoff run and possibly a championship. I’m excited to get out there for camp and meet the group of guys.”
Free-agent camp starts Thursday, Oct. 21 at Danbury Arena. The schedule includes the following practices:
Thursday, Oct. 21: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. / 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 22: 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 23 (All-Star Game): 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
All of camp will have free admission for fans. Following Saturday’s Camp All-Star Game, fans are encouraged to stay at Danbury Arena for the NAHL Jr. Hat Tricks game at 8 p.m. against Johnstown.
For more information on Free Agent Camp or the NAHL game, contact Josh Starr at firstname.lastname@example.org.