Pirates: 'Wrecker' hoping to be a big hit. Joel Rechlicz, signed by the Coyotes this summer, will provide muscle for Portland.
Sport: Portland Pirates
Posted: September 29th, 2012 by Tom Nolette
By Paul Betit
PORTLAND - Since he was 18, Joel Rechlicz, nicknamed "Wrecker," has known his hockey role.
For the past seven seasons, he has provided a physical presence on the ice to give his more talented teammates freedom.
"What a guy like Joel brings, I think, is a sense of security," Portland Pirates Coach Ray Edwards said. "We have a group that is younger and some of them are playing pro for the first time, and we just want to make sure they're feeling comfortable and safe. Joel is a top guy in that category in this league."