ROANOKE, VA. – The Rail Yard Dawgs announced on Friday that defenseman Sean Leonard has returned from personal leave, while defenseman Brody Duncan has been placed on the 21-day injured reserve list.

Leonard hasn’t appeared for the Dawgs since December 10, taking a leave of absence for personal reasons over the past few weeks. When he’s been in the lineup, Leonard has notched two goals, seven assists, a plus-eight rating on the ice, and 66 penalty minutes in his 11 games played. He spent the 2021-2022 season between both Roanoke and the ECHL’s Norfolk Admirals. The five-foot-ten defenseman appeared in 21 regular games for the Dawgs a year ago, registering six assists, seven fights, and a plus-10 plus/minus rating before adding his first professional goal and three assists in the President’s Cup Playoffs. Leonard also played in 31 games for the Admirals, notching five assists and 121 penalty minutes during his time in the ECHL.

Duncan joined the Rail Yard Dawgs following three seasons in the FPHL and one season in the SPHL. The five-foot-ten blue-liner has two assists, a plus-seven rating, and 21 penalty minutes during his first season in the Star City. Last season, the Toledo, Ohio native played in 55 out of 56 games for the Birmingham Bulls, notching four goals and 13 assists during his impressive debut season in the league. The left-shot defenseman also was a member of the Columbus River Dragons in 2020-2021, where he won the FPHL Ignite Cup title alongside of current and former Rail Yard Dawgs Mac Jansen, Matt O’Dea, Hunter Bersani, CJ Stubbs, Brant Sherwood, Gehrett Sargis, and Vojtech Zemlicka. During his three FPHL seasons with Columbus and the Mentor Ice Breakers, Duncan recorded 12 goals and 40 assists in 100 total games.

The Rail Yard Dawgs hit the ice tonight against the Macon Mayhem at Berglund Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. EST, and you can watch the game via Roanoke’s HockeyTV stream or listen to the free broadcast on the Haley Toyota Rail Yard Dawgs Hockey Network on Mixlr. 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.

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