Bremerton’s newest Junior A hockey team, the West Sound Admirals, have added to their roster for the 2018-19 Western States Hockey League season.
Noah Bird, Adam Rousselo, and Hunter Angasan are the latest to sign their junior contracts and will head to Bremerton for the team’s training camp later this summer.
Bird, a goaltender from Gorham, Maine, played for the Cape Cod Islanders last season and the Northern Cyclones in 2016.
“I’m excited to finish my long junior career as an Admiral,” said Bird. “As a veteran … I plan on not only competing everyday, but bringing a strong leadership personality and helping my teammates get better. I’m looking forward to moving into the Bremerton community and give the fans what I see to be a successful season.”
General manager Dave Daniello is familiar with Bird having coached him in the past.
“Noah has competed in a couple showcase tournaments for me when I was in Maine,” said Daniello. “He is another one of those great locker room guys who will raise the (competitive) level for everyone in the room. I expect he will compete for a starting role.”
His competition will be from fellow goaltender Rousselo, who previously played with the Valencia Flyers of the WSHL.
Rousselo said he was looking for a team to join that would provide him with the most development and as positive an experience as possible.
“Coach Daniello’s knowledge, experience and his coaching philosophy made the Admirals an easy choice,” he said. “I’m also excited to become a member of the Bremerton community. I have every confidence in coach Daniello’s ability to take my game to the next level and support my goal of transitioning into college hockey.”
Daniello said he was just as happy to have Rousselo join West Sound.
“I expect him to come in and push himself, and everyone else on the team to get better,” he said.
Angasan adds depth on the blue line as a defenseman and played previously with the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Hockey Academy.
“Bremerton is a great stepping stone to further my hockey endeavors,” Angasan said. “I’m proud to be part of such a supportive development program. I look forward to representing the Admirals.”
Daniello said he’s been recruiting Angasan for a while now.
“Hunter is a big, strong kid who I believe will develop into a top-notch defenseman for our club,” Daniello said. “I am very pleased he and his family put their faith into our program and I’m excited to see what he will do for us.”