Today the Calgary Roughnecks made two transactions, releasing rookie Cody Hawkins and activating practice roster player Scott Carnegie. The Roughnecks open the season this week against the Toronto Rock.
Hawkins is a rookie defenseman who had made the roster out of camp. He was projected to be last on the depth chart of their righty defensemen on their roster and it was likely that he would have been one of the scratches on Friday, seeing the depth of Calgary’s defense.
Carnegie is also a righty defenseman and had been on the practice roster with Barclay Hickey, Jake Hayes and Brett Baron. Carnegie is brothers with Mike Carnegie, who is a righty defenseman on the regular roster for the Roughnecks.
Hawkins was drafted in 2012 by the Knighthawks but didn’t sign with any team last year, and he joined the Roughnecks as a free agent signing out of camp. “Cody Hawkins came in as a free agent; he was very good. The decisions were tough, but at the same time we’re happy how it all worked out with those young kids.” Curt Malwasky had said in the Calgary Herald after the roster was released.
Calgary will be at Toronto this Friday night as both teams open up their 2014 seasons.