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COETZEE AND FERRARO JOIN GRIFFINS

Willie Coetzee (left), Landon Ferraro

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Tuesday signed center Landon Ferraro to an amateur tryout and announced that right wing Willie Coetzee has been reassigned to Grand Rapids by the Detroit Red Wings from the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League.

The two prolific forwards, teammates with Red Deer since 2007, helped the Rebels to a 39-28-0-5 record this season – a 23-point improvement over their 2008-09 campaign – and a WHL playoff berth.

Coetzee, 19, tied for 16th in the WHL with 81 points (29-52—81) in 72 games, pacing Red Deer in points, assists and plus/minus (plus-10) while standing second in goals. A native of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, he signed a three-year entry-level contract with Detroit on Sept. 18, 2009 after an impressive performance during his stint at the Red Wings’ prospect tournament and training camp. In 2008-09, Coetzee finished second to Ferraro in scoring for Red Deer, totaling 42 points (18-24—42) in 72 contests.

Ferraro, 18, ranked fourth on the Rebels with 46 points (16-30—46) and placed third in assists through 53 games this season. The Trail, British Columbia, native was named Red Deer’s Most Valuable Player in 2008-09 after tying for ninth in the WHL with 37 goals and finishing first on the club with 55 points. The son of long-time NHLer Ray Ferraro, Landon was selected by Detroit with its first pick (32nd overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. 

After participating in their first practice with the Griffins today, Coetzee and Ferraro will available to make their professional debuts when Grand Rapids hosts the Rochester Americans on Wednesday at 7 p.m.


9 WILLIE COETZEE  *  Right Wing

Height: 5'10"     Weight: 186     Shoots: Right    Born: 11/7/90 in Maple Ridge, British Columbia

      Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
2007-08 Cowichan BCHL 33 5 11 16 19 -- -- -- -- --
  Red Deer WHL 23 2 0 2 14 -- -- -- -- --
2008-09 Red Deer WHL 72 18 24 42 42 -- -- -- -- --
2009-10 Red Deer WHL 72 29 52 81 32 4 1 0 1 0


22 LANDON FERRARO  *  Center

Height: 6'0"     Weight: 171     Shoots: Right    Born: 8/8/91 in Vancouver, British Columbia
Drafted: Detroit's 1st choice, 32nd overall, in 2009 NHL Entry Draft

      Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
2006-07 Vancouver NW Minor-BC 25 21 13 34 77 -- -- -- -- --
  Red Deer WHL 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2007-08 Red Deer WHL 54 13 11 24 65 -- -- -- -- --
2008-09 Red Deer WHL 68 37 18 55 99 -- -- -- -- --
2009-10 Red Deer WHL 53 16 30 46 55 3 0 0 0 2

 


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