But will he really be an Ice Dog this year? That remains to be seen. Rosa was invited to the Nashville Predators’ main camp, though the Ice Dogs retain his ECHL rights should he be sent down. He is the first player of the Ice Dogs’ ECHL era to be invited to a main NHL training camp. With training camp set to open within a month, the Ice Dogs have signed four more players including last season’s ECHL Rookie of the Year runner-up Marco Rosa and new No. 1 goaltender Greg Hewitt. Others coming aboard were forwards Sean McAslan and Mac Faulkner. Rosa, one of only three Ice Dogs to play in all 72 regular-season games last year, registered 34 goals and 31 assists, putting him second on the team with 65 points. He also had the second-best plus/minus rating in the ECHL at +34. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I had a great time playing in Long Beach last season,” said Rosa. “The hockey and coaching are great and it would definitely be fun to play with those guys again. Obviously, my ultimate goal is to get to a higher level of hockey, but if things don’t work out (in Nashville), I will be happy to be back in Long Beach and work on what I need to improve on.” Ice Dogs coach Malcolm Cameron was more than pleased to see Rosa get a chance. “This is a tremendous feather in his cap to be invited to the Predators main camp,” said Cameron. “This is a great thing for him and this organization, and we’re very excited about it.” Cameron certainly has shown a loyalty to former players, so it’s not too surprising to see him grab Hewitt to be the Ice Dogs’ top goalie. Hewitt played for Cameron in Cincinnati (ECHL) in 2002-03, when the Cyclones lost Game 7 of the conference finals, and in Columbus (UHL) in 2004, when he was an All-Star. Over five seasons, his pro numbers include a 73-88-24 record, four shutouts, a 3.19 GAA, and a .903 save percentage. “I’m really excited to have Greg back with me,” said Cameron. “He’s one of the most competitive people I’ve ever met. A tough situation last year in Elmira (the team finished in last place) will only make him stronger and should help him lead us to the playoffs again this year. Hopefully, we can rekindle our past success together.” Faulkner, who attended the Ottawa Senators’ rookie camp, played the last four seasons at Clarkson University, where posted 33 goals, 50 assists and 160 penalty minutes in 141 games. “Mac is a big, strong, power forward with strong character,” said Cameron. “He’s tough around the net, and having been captain of Clarkson University, he has great leadership abilities.” McAslan played the last two seasons in the AHL with Edmonton and Toronto. In 127 AHL games, including one in Hamilton, he had 18 goals, 20 assists and 127 penalty minutes. He will be at the Cleveland Barons’ (AHL) camp before coming to L.B. “He’s a big, strong, powerful forward who skates well and has tremendous experience,” Cameron. “We expect him to play a big leadership role and put up some excellent offensive numbers for us this season.” In other news, rookie defenseman Luke Fritshaw, who was originally drafted by the Mighty Ducks in the sixth round of the NHL entry draft and signed by the Ice Dogs on Aug. 2, will be attending the Florida Panthers’ rookie camp. Season tickets for the 2005-06 season are on sale now. For more information, call (562) ICE-DOGS. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!