Grizzlies Acquire Sanford, Gray

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies announced that they have acquired defenseman James Sanford (pictured) from the Texas Wildcatters in exchange for forward Brendan Cook.

The Grizzlies also announced that they have acquired rookie goaltender Ben Gray from the Cincinnati Cyclones in exchange for financial considerations.

In his third professional season, the 22-year-old Sanford has 11 points (2g-9a) and 18 penalty minutes in 18 games with the Wildcatters. In his first two professional seasons, the 5-foot-9 and 186-pound Sanford had 15 points (2g-13a) and 28 penalty minutes in 32 regular season games and six points (2g-4a) and 17 penalty minutes in four Kelly Cup Playoff games with Long Beach and Peoria where he played for Utah coach Jason Christie. He also played in the American Hockey League where he had 38 points (12g-26a) and 59 penalty minutes in 85 games with Hamilton.

The 6-foot-5 and 225-pound Gray is 2-1-0 with a goals-against average of 3.67 and a save percentage of .901 in three games with Cincinnati after going 4-7-0 with a goals-against average of 5.12 and a save percentage of .855 in 11 games with Pensacola.

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