West Valley City, Utah – Utah Grizzlies Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham has announced the signings of forwards Mathieu Aubin, Brent Gwidt and Riley Armstrong as the team’s first three player signings for the 2015-16 season.
Aubin leads the Grizzlies in scoring since being acquired from Cincinnati on Nov. 7, 2013 with 122 points (43g-79a) in 140 regular-season games over that span. He has also led the team in plus-minus during that span with a +11. In 2014-15, as he returned from a season-ending neck injury on April 9, 2014, Aubin led the Grizzlies in scoring with 68 points (26g-42a) in 72 games. The 28-year-old had 10 points (1g-9a) in 11 games during the 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs. He was the first Grizzlies player to play in all 72 regular-season games since the 2007-08 season. Prior to coming to Utah, Aubin served as captain of the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones and won Kelly Cup championships in 2008 and 2010 and a Calder Cup championship with Hamilton of the AHL in 2009. He was the ECHL Plus Performer of the Year in 2011-12 with a +25. Aubin was drafted in the fifth round (130th overall) by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He ranks sixth all-time in ECHL history having appeared in 86 playoff games.
Gwidt enters his third full season in Utah and is the senior member of the team. He was originally signed out of the University of Nebraska-Omaha following his senior season of action for the conclusion of the 2012-13 season. He served as an assistant captain during the 2014-15 season and had 11 points (6g-5a) in 26 games before suffering a season-ending injury on Jan. 9, 2015. He was captain during his senior season of college and was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the sixth round (157th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Armstrong enters his third stint with the Grizzlies where he played for the team in 2010-11 and 2012-13. He had 37 points (16g-21a) in 38 games while serving as the Grizzlies captain in 2012-13. He had two assists in two games during a short stint in 2010-11. He made his NHL debut on Nov. 28, 2008 for San Jose against Phoenix.