LIGHTNING SIGN DEFENSEMAN JAY ROSEHILL, GOALTENDER MORGAN CEY
/ Tampa Bay Lightning
The 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Jay Rosehill and goaltender Morgan Cey to multi-year contracts, Executive Vice President & General Manager Jay Feaster announced today. In accordance with club policy, financial terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Rosehill, 20, a 2003 NHL Entry Draft selection by the Lightning (seventh round, 227th overall) played for the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2004-05, recording five assists and 103 penalty minutes in 34 games. A 6-foot-3, 210-pound native of Olds, Alberta, Rosehill played two seasons with the Olds Junior Grizzlies of the Alberta Junior Hockey League before joining Minnesota-Duluth.
Cey, a 6-3, 177-pound native of Wilkie, Saskatchewan, played four seasons at the University of Notre Dame, compiling a 38-53-15 record and a 2.79 goals-against average. The 24-year-old owns Notre Dame career records for shutouts (6) and goals-against average and became one of four goaltenders in CCHA history to record back-to-back playoff shutouts when he accomplished the feat in 2002-03 vs. Miami (Ohio). Prior to joining Notre Dame he played two seasons with Flin Flon of the Saskatchewan Junior hockey League, where he was named league MVP in 2000-01 after posting 35 wins and a 2.62 goals-against average.
"Morgan Cey is a very talented goaltender who has caught the attention of both our scouting staff and our goalie coaches," Feaster said. "Jeff Reese and Corey Schwab think Morgan has a lot of potential. He has excellent size and moves well for a big man. We are anxious to have our coaches work with him and get him started on his pro career.
"Jay Rosehill is a prototypical Tampa Bay Lightning player. He is physical, he is aggressive, he likes to hit and he isn't afraid to drop his gloves when necessary. We feel he has accomplished all he can in college and it is now time for him to start his professional career. We believe that the sooner we get Jay into our professional system, the sooner he can have an impact on our blue line here in Tampa. We are very pleased he and his parents agree with us and we look forward to seeing him both in Traverse City and at training camp in Tampa."