For Immediate Release:

December 8, 2016



Colin Murray and Daniel Vernace signed to contracts

ROANOKE, VA – The Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs have announced a series of roster moves in advance of Sunday’s game against the Fayetteville FireAntz.

Defenseman Tim Boyle and forward Michael Turner have been loaned to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits of the ECHL, forwards Daniel Vernace and Colin Murray have been signed to contracts and forward Steve Mele has been moved from the 14-day Injured Reserve to the 21-day Injured Reserve.

Boyle was returned to the Rail Yard Dawgs on Tuesday following an eight-game stint with the Norfolk Admirals of the ECHL, during which he did not record a point. He has two goals and four assists in seven games with the Dawgs and scored the first goal in franchise history on October 22 against the Knoxville IceBears.

Turner is in his first professional season and has appeared in 14 games with Roanoke. He is currently tied for fourth on the team with eight points, four goals and four assists. The Chicago native will be making his ECHL debut. He spent training camp with the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL before joining the Rail Yard Dawgs.

Vernace will appear with his third SPHL team when he dons the Roanoke sweater. He opened the season with the Evansville Thunderbolts and totaled one goal and three assists over eight games before being traded to Fayetteville. Vernace played five games with the FireAntz and scored one goal. He was waived by Fayetteville on November 26. Vernace played ten games and recorded three assists for the ECHL’s Brampton Beast in 2015-16 after completing a four-year NCAA career at Lake Superior State University.

Murray has played in 113 career ECHL games with five different teams over parts of three seasons. He was a teammate of Rail Yard Dawgs head coach Sam Ftorek for six games with the Kalamazoo Wings in 2014-15 and played 33 games with the 2015-16 K-Wings team for which Ftorek served as an assistant coach. Murray spent ten games with the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals in 2016-17 and scored two goals before being released on November 23.

Roanoke returns to action on Sunday in Fayetteville against the FireAntz. The Dawgs will hit their home ice against Fayetteville on December 16 at 7:05 p.m. That will be followed by the team’s first ever Teddy Bear Toss on December 17. Tickets are available for purchase at Berglund Center box office and online at