BRENDAN CONNOLLY ARRIVING FROM ABBOTSFORD
The Alaska Aces have announced that center Brendan Connolly has been assigned to the team from the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League.
Abbotsford is the AHL affiliate of the Aces and the National Hockey League’s Calgary Flames. The Aces acquired the ECHL contract rights to Connolly on Aug. 29, 2013 from the Greenville Road Warriors in exchange for the rights to forward J.M. Rizk.
Connolly, 28, comes to Alaska after hitting a career-high 60 points (24g-36a) in 65 games last season, ranking second on Greenville which finished in the top 20 of ECHL scoring. His 24 goals marked the third straight season that he reached the 20-goal plateau. He was tied for sixth on Greenville in plus-minus (+14), third in power play points (12), second in penalty minutes (113) and tied for the lead in game-winning goals (4).
“Brendan brings a remarkable skill set and fearless approach which set him above many players in our league,” said Aces head coach Rob Murray. “He has the ability to take over games, be a threat and bring fans to their feet every shift. We’re confident those attributes, along with his experience, will be valuable in complementing our leadership and depth for this season.”
The 5-foot-9, 175-pound pivot finished over a point per game in 2011-12 with 56 points (24g-32a) in 40 games with Greenville, adding to a +17 rating and career high 143 penalty minutes.
The season prior, he was named a starter (did not play due to injury) for the ECHL All-Star Game and was honored as co-recipient of the Reebok ECHL Plus Performer of the Year award with a career-high +28 rating, adding to 50 points in 45 games with the Road Warriors.
Connolly has collected 205 points (89g-116a) and a +68 rating in 217 career ECHL games with Greenville and Elmira. He has also contributed with 22 points (12g-10a) in 31 career Kelly Cup Playoff games.
The Canmore, Alberta native also has appeared in 15 career AHL games with Texas and Adirondack while picking up a pair of assists. He skated for Ferris State University (NCAA) for four seasons and posted 81 points and was +4 in 147 career games.
Aces training camp information for the 2013-14 season will be announced soon.
The Aces will begin their 2013-14 season at home on Friday, Oct. 18 at Sullivan Arena when they host the San Francisco Bulls. Season ticket and sponsorship packages are currently available through the Aces office at 15th & Gambell. For more information, please call the Aces at 907.258.ACES or visit them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/alaskaaceshockey.