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Rockers Sign Jonathan Juliano and Francis Moore to PTO's


As the 2023-24 FPHL season quickly approaches, teams are making moves to fine tune their rosters and the Motor City Rockers are among many that made moves today. The Rockers added two more forwards to their roster ahead of training camp on PTO's, one a familiar returning face and Federal League vet, the other a collegiate player looking to make his professional debut in the Motor City.   

I'll start with the name most Rockers fans will know as Jonathan Juliano has returned to the active roster. And yes it's Jonathan, not sure why the FPHL site continues to misspell his first name as Jonathon, but it does. Juliano is one of the all-time veterans of the Federal League, having skated in 323 career games for seven franchises. The bulk of his time came in the old FHL days with the now defunct Danville Dashers, but he also spent time in Watertown, Dayton, Danbury and the debacle that was the St. Clair Shores Fighting Saints. From 2017-2020 he played in 83 games with Motor City's top rival, the Port Huron Prowlers. After a couple of years out of the league, he returned to pro hockey last year with the expansion Rockers, a perfect fit for the Clinton Township native. Juliano skated in 26 games for the Rockers, scoring seven goals and adding eleven assists for eighteen points. He then stepped off the ice and into an assistant coaching role on the team so I was a bit surprised to see him return as a player, but he will fit right in if he's on the opening night roster. Juliano has always been able to put up big seasons in the Fed, and even with him turning 37 in November, that veteran skill and experience should help add punch to the Motor City offense.           

As for the new addition, Francis Moore comes to the Motor City after having spent four years in the ACHA with Robert Morris University/Roosevelt University (the schools merged in 2020). Moore, who also goes by Frankie, was the team's captain the last two seasons after Roosevelt University acquired Robert Morris, and really filled the stat sheet in his final season with the Lakers last year. In 29 games, the Richfield, Minnesota native buried 19 goals and added 17 assists for 36 points, by far his best season. Now the 26 year old looks to continue his career at the professional level with the Rockers. 

Juliano and Moore join a crowded group of forwards trying to make the Motor City roster as there are now twenty officially listed. Keep in mind, what you see on the FPHL site for current team rosters will change quite a bit in some cases by puck drop on opening night. Players will try out for higher leagues, with some potentially sticking. Other players not even listed on an FPHL roster yet will filter down to the Fed after being released from ECHL or SPHL camps. Some players whose rights are owned by the Rockers will not play this season for various reasons and have to eventually be released. As I look at the current Motor City roster, Dylan Johnson has signed in the SPHL and Tommy Cardinal in the LNAH so those are just two examples of how the current rosters of each team are nowhere near set in stone. Things will change, guaranteed. 


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