West Valley City, Utah – Utah Grizzlies Head Coach and General Manager Tim Branham announced today that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Martin Lee along with forwards Adam Pineault and David Vallorani for the 2013-14 season.
The Grizzlies are the ECHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League and the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League.
Lee, 24, returns to the Grizzlies after playing the final 21 games of last year with Utah following a trade with San Francisco on Feb. 19. Entering his second pro season after four seasons of college hockey at Elmira College, Utah was 9-6-6 with the six-foot-three Lee in the lineup last season.
Pineault, 27, joins Utah with 339 games of professional experience; including 201 AHL games and three in the NHL. He was drafted in the second round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by Columbus and made his NHL debut on April 3, 2008 against Detroit. He played last year with the Central Hockey League champion Allen Americans and had 39 points (16g-23a) in 53 games.
Vallorani, 24, comes to the Grizzlies after spending last season with the Kelly Cup champion Reading Royals where he played for Branham, who was then the Royals’ assistant coach. He tallied 59 points (17g-42a) in 68 games on his way to earning a spot on the ECHL All-Rookie Team. He ranked second in the league in rookie scoring and led all ECHL rookies in assists.