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Cleveland Monsters signs three players for upcoming season

Angela Kervorkian-Wattle

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CLEVELAND, OH — The Cleveland Monsters have signed rookie forward Cole Fonstad, second-year D-man Billy Sweezey, and sixth-year defenseman Thomas Schemitsch to AHL contracts for the upcoming season.

Schemitsch led all Monsters defensemen in scoring and assisted in his first season with Cleveland, posting 2-16-18 with 19 penalty minutes and a -5 rating in 28 appearances.

Fonstad had a 16-18-34 record with 14 penalty minutes and a +17 rating in 23 appearances for the WHL’s Everett Silvertips last season and added 0-1-1 with a -1 rating in two appearances for the Monsters.

In 22 appearances for the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins last season, Sweezey supplied 0-4-4 with 26 penalty minutes and a +2 rating.

Schemitsch, a 6’4” 205-pound right-shooting native of Thornhill, Ontario, was drafted in the third round (88th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers. He had 26 goals, 54 assists, 134 penalty minutes and a -3 rating in 247 AHL games for the Springfield Thunderbirds and Cleveland Monsters from 2016 to 21. The 24-year-old scored 29 goals, 68 assists, 84 penalty minutes and a -27 rating in 182 games for the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League from 2013 to 2016 before he started his pro career.

Fonstad, a 5’10” 176-pound left-shooting native of Estevan, SK, tallied 92-189-281 with 68 penalty minutes and a +74 rating in 293 career WHL appearances for the Prince Albert Raiders and Everett from 2016 to 21.

Sweezey, a 6’2” 205-pound right-shooting native of Hanson, MA, went 3-26-29 with 159 penalty minutes and a +16 rating in 127 career NCAA appearances for Yale University from 2016 to 2018.

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