Head Coach: Glenn Detulleo begins his fifth full season (91-116-22) as head coach. Joining Detulleo is assistant coach Jesse Kallechy and player/assistant Stuart Stefan.
Captain: Since his promotion to player/assistant coach, the team will announce a captain to succeed longtime captain Stuart Stefan.
Last Season: The Havoc bounced back from an abysmal 2014-15 season with a respectable 26-26-4 (56 points) record, finishing seventh in the standings. Huntsville was bounced from the President’s Cup playoffs in a 2-0 sweep by the eventual champion Pensacola Ice Flyers.
2015-16 Season Summary – The Havoc started their return to respectability with a chip on their shoulder, averaging almost 40 penalty minutes a game. The physicality worked, as the Havoc jumped out to a 13-6-0 start in December. Injuries and callups cooled off Huntsville over the remainder of the season. The Havoc’s biggest success of the season was at the ticket office, as Huntsville broke the SPHL’s attendance record with 117,298 fans – an average of 4,189 per game.
Hot or Not?
Not. An off-season which should have been a reloading turned into a full-on rebuild after protected players such as goaltender Jordan Ruby (Macon) and Jason Popek (Roanoke) failed to sign with Huntsville and landed with other SPHL teams. The injury bug also struck during the summer, with enforcer Jeremy Beirnes suffering a lower-body injury which will sideline him for much of the season. Huntsville’s biggest strength will be on their side of the center stripe. Stuart Stefan, Nolan Kaiser, Justin Tateson all return to the blue line along with Fayetteville free agent Zach Carriveau. The solid top-four defensemen will team up with former IceGator netminder Adam Courchaine. Offensively, the Havoc have a largely inexperienced set of forwards who will have to build their chemistry quickly.
- D Stuart Stefan – The new player/assistant coach for the Havoc, Stefan returns to the ice for his sixth SPHL season – all with Huntsville.
- D Nolan Kaiser – Returning for a second season with Huntsville, Kaiser will be expected to bring his physicality along with his offensive zone production (8G/14A/121PIM last season).
- D Justin Tateson – Another physical 100+ penalty minute blueliner, Tateson is a huge (6’4″) force in the defensive zone.
- G Kevin Genoe – The long-time Havoc netminder retired after the end of last season, compiling a three-year record of 42-49-9 with eight shutouts, a 2.74 GAA, and a .910 SV%.
- F Scott Henegar – After an impressive 35-point rookie season, Henegar landed a gig in the ECHL with the Kalamazoo Wings.
- G Jordan Ruby – Ruby was sensational during the Havoc’s impressive start, posting a 1.87 GAA and a .933 SV% in eight appearances. After finishing the season with ECHL Brampton, Ruby was projected to stick in the AA-level league. Instead, Ruby is starting the season with the Macon Mayhem.
- G Adam Courchaine – Signed with Huntsville after the demise of the Louisiana IceGators, Courchaine is looking to be the workhorse in Huntsville’s net.
- RW Scott Fellnermayr – One of three rookies from the Canadian collegiate champion Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Fellnermayr is a big power forward with a nose for the net.
- F Chase Nieuwendyk – Yes, there’s a relation – his uncle is Hockey Hall of Famer and three-time Stanley Cup champion Joe Nieuwendyk. Chase finished his D3 career at SUNY-Brockport with a 37-point season (14G/23A).
Movin’ On Up
Fellnermayr. A strong player from a successful program, if Fellnermayr continues to develop his game, he can get noticed by ECHL teams in need of a power forward.
Sin Bin Swami Says… It may take some time to develop some chemistry in the offensive zone. Should the defense hold it’s own early in the season, this team has the potential to make a late run. Look for a 60-point playoff team with potential to get past the opening round.