ROANOKE, VA. – The Rail Yard Dawgs announced Thursday that forward Chris Vella has been activated from the 21-day injured reserve list, and is available on the active roster effective immediately.

Vella appeared in 45 games for Roanoke during his rookie campaign in the 2021-2022 season, and the Rochester, New York native tallied six goals, seven assists, and 145 penalty minutes thanks to his league-leading 17 fighting majors. A five-foot-nine forward, Vella scored five goals and added seven assists in 60 career games during his collegiate career at Morrisville State (NCAA-DIII). He’ll be available to make his season debut tomorrow night against Macon.

Roanoke will be back at home to take on the Macon Mayhem on Friday, November 11, at 7:05 p.m. EST, and you can watch the game on HockeyTV or listen for free on Mixlr. Friday night’s game is Roanoke Express Tribute Night sponsored by 94.9 Star Country FM. Season tickets and single-game tickets are available by calling the Rail Yard Dawgs office, visiting the ‘Tickets’ page on our website, or by visiting the Berglund Center box office.