Aeros Re-Sign Kinkel, Sign Olson

HOUSTON – The Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League announced that they have signed left wing Josh Olson, who played for Jackson as a rookie, and that they have re-signed left wing Bill Kinkel (pictured), who played for Pensacola in 2004-05.

In his first professional season in 2002-03, the 6-foot-5 and 236-pound Olson had 27 points (10g-17a) in 39 regular season games and also played one Kelly Cup Playoff game with Jackson while registering an assist in 23 games with San Antonio of the AHL.

In his first professional season in 2004-05, the 21-year-old Kinkel had three goals and 41 penalty minutes in 12 games with Houston. The three goals came on March 30, the day he was recalled from Pensacola, against Cincinnati when Kinkel became the first Aeros rookie to register a hat trick in over three years. Selected in the ninth round (281st overall) by the New Jersey Devils in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, the 6-foot-5 and 239-pound Kinkel had four points (3g-1a) and 180 penalty minutes in 30 games for Pensacola.

In 2004-04, the 24-year-old Olson had 16 points (9g-7a) in 53 games with San Antonio and three points (1g-2a) in 23 games with Hershey of the AHL. Selected in the sixth round (190th overall) by the Florida Panthers in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Olson had 38 points (22g-16a) in 73 games with San Antonio, earning a call up to the Panthers where he had one goal in five games.