ROANOKE, Va. – The Rail Yard Dawgs announced Monday that Dmitry Kuznetsov and Brendan Pepe have signed training camp agreements with the organization.

Kuznetsov joined Roanoke for two games against Macon on December 10 last season following a great start to the season for the FPHL’s Danbury Hat Tricks. The six-foot forward was released on December 14, and rejoined Danbury after clearing SPHL waivers. The Tyumen, Russia native was outstanding with the Hat Tricks, recording 34 goals and 34 assists in 61 FPHL games. This is Kuznetsov’s sixth professional season, as he’s also played in Russia, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany in past seasons.

Pepe enters his first full professional season with Roanoke after playing in 12 total games for the FPHL’s Danbury Hat Tricks during the regular season and playoffs. The six-foot-three defenseman recorded four assists with Danbury after his collegiate career at Stony Brook University (ACHA) concluded. While at Stony Brook, the Essex Fells, New Jersey native appeared in 127 career games with 36 goals and 67 assists.

Players Signed to Training Camp as of October 3, 2022:

  • Brendan Pepe
  • Dmitry Kuznetsov
  • Stephen Alvo
  • Brody Duncan
  • CJ Stubbs
  • Travis Broughman
  • Billy Vizzo
  • Nick Ford
  • CJ Valerian
  • Matt O’Dea
  • Josh Nenadal
  • Sammy Bernard
  • Austyn Roudebush
  • Bryce Martin
  • Jarrad Vroman
  • Sean Leonard
  • Nick DeVito
  • Hunter Bersani
  • Brady Heppner
  • Mac Jansen

Opening Night of the 2022-2023 season is slated for Friday, October 21 and is sponsored by Haley Toyota of Roanoke. Puck drop is set for 7:05. Season tickets, flex packages, and group tickets are now on sale. Single game tickets and single game parking passes are on sale now online and at the box office.

Photo Credit: Chris Rutsch // Danbury Hat Tricks