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Hockey's 2013 Senior Class Heads to the Pros

Courtesy: WMU
Release: 08/08/2013
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KALAMAZOO -- The off season is coming to an end and the members of the 2013 Western Michigan Hockey senior class look to establish themselves in the world of professional hockey all over the globe.

Six of the eight seniors, who all graduated over the summer, have signed professional contracts. Dane Walters, who played in the American Hockey League with the Worcester Sharks, is in the decision-making process for his next professional Former goalie Nick Pisellini left the sport and joined the business world after receiving his degree.

Two former teammates, Ben Warda and Trevor Elias, will be teammates once again with EHC Klosteree of the Oberliga, Germany's third tier of professional hockey. Bronco hockey alums have had plenty of success in Germany over the recent years. Greg Squires scored 48 points in 47 games with the Rosenheim Star Bulls last season in the 2 Bundesliga, Germany's second tier), and will play with the Bietigheim Steelers this season. Former Bronco Brent Walton (2002-06) wrapped up his sixth season in Germany, where he has racked up a total of 283 career points in 230 games.

Mike Leone will ply his trade in France this season, playing for Ours de Villard-de-Lans in Ligue Mangus. Brett Beebe and Ben Miller both signed with teams in the ECHL. Beebe will play for the Ontario (Calif.) Reign, while Miller will stay in Kalamazoo and play with the K-Wings.

Former captain Luke Witkowski will play with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL. He appeared in three games with Tampa's top minor league affiliate last season.

The Broncos will also have Mark Letestu, Joe Corvo, Pat Dwyer and Dan DeKeyser starting the season in the NHL. Jamal Mayers, fresh off a Stanley Cup Championship season with the Chicago Blackhawks, is a free agent and Matt Tennyson will have a a chance to make the roster with the San Jose Sharks when they begin camp.