The Rail Yard Dawgs announced Wednesday that CJ Valerian has signed a training camp agreement with the organization.

Valerian joined the Dawgs on February 23 last season, and started his professional career in style by netting his first goal less than three minutes into his debut game against Knoxville on February 25. The six-foot-two defenseman went on to play in Roanoke’s last 17 games, notching two goals and three assists. The Gates Mills, Ohio native also played in all nine playoff games during Roanoke’s run to the President’s Cup Final, recording a plus-four plus/minus rating. 

Prior to signing with Roanoke, Valerian played four seasons at New England College (NCAA-DIII) after transferring from Hobart College (NCAA-DIII) after one season. In his five seasons of college hockey, Valerian accumulated seven goals, 24 assists, and 61 penalty minutes in 82 total games played. 

Players Signed to Training Camp as of September 14, 2022:

  • 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 will go on sale September 21 at 10:00 A.M. online and at the box office.