West Valley City, Utah – Utah Grizzlies Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham announced that the team has re-signed defensemen Corey Fienhage and Connor Hardowa along with goaltender Eric Levine for the 2015-16 season.
All three players enter their second year with the team. Fienhage and Levine were both acquired for the playoff run and Hardowa earned an AHL call-up to the Dallas Stars AHL affiliate in Texas during the 2014-15 season in Utah.
Fienhage, 25, enters his fifth professional season. He led Utah with a +11 after being acquired from Bakersfield on Jan. 12 and also had five points (2g-3a) in 37 games. He appeared in all 11 playoff games for the Grizzlies. For his professional career, in 249 games – 222 in the ECHL and 27 in the AHL – Fienhage is a +25 with 57 points (9g-48a). He was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the third round (81st overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Hardowa, 26, enters his third full professional season after previously playing four years of college hockey at the University of New Hampshire, where he served as captain during his senior season. He had 21 points (5g-16a) last year in 55 games with the Grizzlies. He was a two-time member of the Hockey-East All-Academic Team at the University of New Hampshire.
Levine, 27, led Utah goaltenders with a .922 save percentage in 2014-15, while going 3-1-0 overall and 3-0 in his starts. He went 1-1 for the Grizzlies in the playoffs with a 1.92 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage. He made a Utah season-high 45 saves March 28 against Idaho in a 4-3 shootout win at Maverik Center. He is 19-13 in 47 career professional games the last two seasons. Levine was 30-22-11 during his college career at Robert Morris University with a 2.90 Goals-Against-Average and a .924 save percentage.