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Musketeers add Velischek to roster

Musketeers add Velischek to roster

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SIOUX CITY - Alex Velischek, a 6-foot, 190-pound defenseman, has been added to the roster of the Sioux City Musketeers.

Velischek, who celebrated his 20th birthday last Friday, was a fifth-round selection of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2009 National Hockey League's entry draft. He's the son of Randy Velischek, a defenseman who played for three NHL teams (Minnesota North Stars, New Jersey Devils, Quebec Nordiques) and scored 97 points (21 goals, 76 assists) in a career that lasted from 1982-1992.

Alex Velischek had one goal and 11 assists for Providence College in the 2009-10 season. This year at Providence, he was limited to one goal and one assist in nine games because of a high ankle sprain.

Musketeers Coach Luke Strand expects Velischek to start playing for his team after the 11-day Christmas break. Strand compares Velischek to Dan Ford, who had six goals and 22 assists for Sioux City in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons.

"He's a good skater with good puck skills and he's a good all-around every situation player," said Strand. "He will add depth on the power play."

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