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Former River Hawk Ed McGrane steps away from professional hockey

Ed McGrane

The Braehead Clan of the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) will not see the return of their leading scorer from last year, Ed McGrane. The former UMass Lowell River Hawk forward has stepped away from playing professional hockey. The Hamilton, Ontario native and his family will return to North America and settle down, rather than settle down in Scotland. McGrane spent the 2013-14 season with ...

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Joe Houk joins ECHL’s Toledo Walleye

Joe Houk

The Toledo Walleye of the ECHL have signed former UMass Lowell River Hawk defenseman Joe Houk to a one-year deal. The Walleye are the ECHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (AHL) and the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL) and play the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio. Houk will make his professional hockey ...

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Olli Kälkäjä commits to UMass Lowell for 2014-15 season

Olli Kälkäjä

The UMass Lowell River Hawks began their attempt to rebuild their goaltender core following the 2013-14 season and it continues today. The River Hawks received the commitment of goaltender Olli Kälkäjä for the upcoming 2014-15 Hockey East season. UMass Lowell lost two of the top goaltenders in the country, Connor Hellebuyck and Doug Carr, following the 2013-14 season. The loss of one ...

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David Vallorani heads to Italy for 2014-15

David Vallorani

Milano Rossoblu announced on Monday, August 11 they have signed former UMass Lowell River Hawk forward David Vallorani to a one-year deal for the 2014-15 season. Vallorani spent last season with the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL, scoring 59 points on 24 goals and 35 assists with 38 penalty minutes in 69 games. The forward also added two assists in ...

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Ben Walter signs with EC Red Bull Salzburg

Ben Walter

EC Red Bull Salzburg of the Erste Bank Hockey League in Austria announced on Tuesday, August 5 they have signed former UMass Lowell River Hawk forward Ben Walter to a one-year deal. Walter split the 2013-14 season between Örebro of the Swedish Hockey league (SHL) and Jokerit Helsinki of the Finnish Elite League (SM-liiga). In 35 games with Orebro, the forward tallied 35 points ...

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Josh Holmstrom signs with ECHL’s Toledo Walleye

Josh Holmstrom

The Toledo Walleye of the ECHL have signed former UMass Lowell River Hawk forward Josh Holmstrom, according to Gary Weckwerth, owner of the USHL‘s Sioux Falls Stampede. The Walleye are the ECHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL), and the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL). The 24-year-old spent the last few games ...

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Boston Bruins renew affiliation with South Carolina Stingrays

South Carolina Stingrays

BOSTON, Mass. – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, July 31, that the club has renewed its affiliation relationship with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL. Under the affiliation arrangements, the Bruins will be able to designate players within their development system for assignment to the Stingrays during the 2014-15 season. The Stingrays have played in North ...

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Money for UMass Lowell’s Tsongas Center expansion ok’d

Tsongas Center

LOWELL, Mass. – The UMass Lowell River Hawks are getting closer to having their very own practice rink. A $1.3 billion bond-authorization bill was sent to the governor’s desk by Statehouse leaders and it includes a $20 million loan to expand the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, according to Robert Mills of the Lowell Sun. The roughly 50,000 square-foot expansion would include a practice rink ...

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Chris Auger inks deal with Scotland’s Fife Flyers

Chris Auger

The Fife Flyers of the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) announced on Tuesday, July 29 they have signed forward Chris Auger to a one-year deal. Auger spent the past three seasons with the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL (2012-2014) and CHL (2011-12). In 129 games with the Komets, the forward tallied 116 points (58g, 58a) with 41 penalty minutes and ...

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Barry Goers returns to WBS Penguins for 2014-15 season

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The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced on Thursday, July 24 that they have signed defensemen Barry Goers to a one-year American Hockey League (AHL) contract for the 2014-15 season. Goers split the 2013-14 season between the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL and the WBS Penguins of the AHL before signing an AHL contract with the Penguins on March 19. In 25 games with the Nailers, ...

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