The Elmira Jackals announced Wednesday that they have signed rookie forward Zach Harrison and second-year defenseman Brad Miller to contracts.
Elmira is the ECHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League and the Syracuse Crunch and Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League.
Harrison and Miller were opponents in college in the NCAA’s WCHA for three seasons, with Harrison attending Minnesota State University-Mankato from 2006-2010 and Miller playing for the North Dakota Fighting Sioux from 2005-2009.
Harrison tied for fifth on the Mavericks with 24 points in his senior season of 2009-2010, a team that was bunched up at the top of the scoring leaderboard with seven players scoring between 23 and 26 points. His 16 assists tied for third on the squad while his eight goals were good enough for a fifth-place tie.
Miller, under contract with the AHL’s Texas Stars in his first professional season of 2009-2010, skated 16 games with their ECHL-affiliate Idaho Steelheads from Dec. 3 to Jan. 9 before an injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season. He scored a power-play goal in his first professional game, a 6-4 Idaho win over Alaska.