ST. JOHN’S, NL — The Newfoundland Growlers, ECHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced a number of changes on the backend on Friday as defenseman Tristan Pomerleau was re-assigned to the club by the Manitoba Moose (AHL), captain James Melindy was placed on Reserve, while Riley McCourt was added to the Injured Reserve (IR).
Pomerleau, 25, has appeared in 24 games so far this season for Newfoundland, adding nine points (1G, 8A) along the way. The second-year pro has also suited up in two games for Manitoba in the AHL.
The Riviere-du-Loup native played five seasons in the QMJHL with the Victoriaville Tigres before spending three years attending the University of New Brunswick between 2017-2020, amassing 33 points in 80 contests for the Varsity Reds. After turning pro last year, Pomerleau made one appearance in the AHL with the Laval Rocket prior to signing a two-way deal with the Manitoba Moose this past August.
Melindy, 28, returned for a third season with the Growlers after signing a Standard Player Contract (SPC) ahead of the 2021-22 ECHL season — one in which he’s featured 29 times to date, notching seven assists and 60 penalty minutes.
An integral part of the Growlers Kelly Cup championship season in 2018-19, the Newfoundland native previously appeared in 60 American Hockey League contests with the Portland Pirates and San Diego Gulls, as well as an additional 236 ECHL games split between the Gwinnett (now Atlanta) Gladiators, Wichita Thunder, Rapid City Rush, Wheeling Nailers, and Utah Grizzlies.
McCourt, 21, has featured 34 times for the Growlers this season, picking up four goals and nine assists in the process. Originally signing a two-year deal with the Toronto Marlies in the fall of 2020, he spent the 2020-21 season on loan with the ECHL’s Wichita Thunder where he played in 13 games.
Before spending last year in Wichita, the St. Catharines, ON native split his OHL career between the Flint Firebirds and the Hamilton Bulldogs, appearing in 175 games over four seasons and registering 30 goals and 87 assists.
NEXT GAMES: Newfoundland visits the Trois-Rivières Lions tonight at 8:30 p.m. NL time for the first of three games in as many days at the Colisée Vidéotron. The Growlers return home next weekend to host the Adirondack Thunder for a three-game set beginning on Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m. at the Mary Brown’s Centre. Tickets are available now via nlgrowlers.com/singletickets