The Titans have announced that forward Jake LaRusso has been traded to the North Iowa Bulls for forwards Chris Carroll and Ryan Coughlin. The Bulls also will receive a tender in 2022 and 2023 as well as second round pick in the 2022 NAHL Entry Draft.
LaRusso is a lifelong Red Bucket. The Colts Neck, NJ native began his career with the Titans Youth Hockey Program and rose through its ranks. Despite being a 2002 birthyear, this is LaRusso’s fourth year in junior hockey. He has accumulated 69 total points (27 goals and 42 assists) in 124 NAHL games. This season LaRusso has seven points (4 goals and 3 assists) in 13 games.
Carroll was in his second year with the Bulls. The Islip, NY native was leading North Iowa with 19 points (2 goals and 17 assists) in 18 games played so far. He has accumulated 37 total points (6 goals and 31 assists) in 71 games. The 2001 birthyear is committed to Merrimack College. He was an assistant Captain on the Bulls.
After beginning last season with the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League, Coughlin joined the Bulls and had 23 points (11 goals and 12 assists) in 45 games. This season Coughlin was sixth on the team in scoring with 15 total points (4 goals and 11 assists). He also was the Bulls team captain. The Charlotte, NC native has amassed 70 points (31 goals and 39 assists) in 114 games. He was committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Robert Morris before the school ceased its hockey program.
“We want to thank Jake for all of his time as a New Jersey Titan” said Titans Head Coach and General Manager Craig Doremus. “Jake is a young man who grew up in hockey through the Titans’ youth hockey program before advancing to the NAHL team a few years ago. He was a proud, productive member of our franchise and we wish him and his family the best of luck in North Iowa. ”
“We are thrilled to add two extremely talented young men to our team in Chris and Ryan. I have known both players for many years now and we were so excited to be able to acquire them. Both forwards add to a very deep, talented forward group. Their prior leadership roles speak volumes about who and what they are. We look forward to them being huge parts of our team as we pursue the Robertson Cup” concluded Doremus.