Mississippi Sea Wolves new head coach Bob Woods promised that his team would become more aggressive. On Monday, Woods kept true to his promise signing Tommy Bolduc for the 2001-2002 ECHL season. The 6'2" 200 pound left wing proved his toughness in 62 games with the Quebec Remparts and the Victoriaville Tigers of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season, compiling 468 penalty minutes.
Bolduc, the second African-American to lace up the skates for the Sea Wolves is expected to earn the same reputation Roger Maxwell established when he was a member of the Sea Wolves. Tommy tallied 6 goals and 11 assists in 2000-2001.
Coach Bob Woods said, "I definitely believe in this league you have to have a player who can keep the opposition in line. With the departure of Brad Essex, we knew this was a position we needed to fill. Tommy is a young player who will come to Mississippi with a lot to prove."
The Sea Wolves also announced that center Mike Oliveira was traded to the Arkansas Riverblades for future considerations. Last season Oliveira netted 12 goals and 17 assists for 29 points.