|Blast from the past with Remillard returning to Adelaide
The Adelaide Adrenaline has welcomed the return of former import Ryan Remillard as a permanent resident.
As the Adrenaline prepare to take on the Melbourne Ice in a double header over the weekend, Remillard’s return will be a boost for the South Australians, who are currently sitting one point outside the AIHL’s top four.
Remillard would have travelled with the team last week, where they claimed a 6-2 win over the North Stars and 3-2 shootout win over the Sydney Ice Dogs, but contracted bronchitis, pushing his return back one week.
Previously playing in 2006 and 2007 when Adelaide’s team were the Avalanche, Remillard scored 49 points (26 goals, 23 assists) in 38 matches, including 42 points (22 goals, 20 assists in 23 games) in 2007.
Coach Ryan O’Handley said that it was good for the Adrenaline to have a player like Remillard coming into the team.
“He’s a good player, an energy player,” O’Handley said last weekend. “He’s moved back to Australia so it gives us another physical forward who can raise the energy levels. It makes a difference especially at our rink where there is a bit more crash-and-bang.”
In recent weeks, the Adrenaline have been boosted by Josef Rezek gaining his permanent residency and Graham Charbonneau, who was a former import who has been naturalised and playing in the Adelaide A-Grade competition before returning against the Perth Thunder in early June.
With such a tight season transpiring, players like Remillard could make the difference in the last weekend in August.