West Valley City, Utah – Utah Grizzlies Head Coach and General Manager Tim Branham announced today that the team has agreed to terms with defensemen Derick Martin and Channing Boe along with rookie forward Dylen McKinlay 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.
Martin, 31, returns for his second tour of duty in Utah after finishing the 2011-12 season as the Grizzlies captain. He has played 590 career regular season games as a professional, 495 of which have been in the ECHL. In addition, he has competed in 72 career playoff games; 67 of which have occurred in the ECHL. Since the start of the 2008-09 season, only Garet Hunt of Stockton (375) has played more ECHL games than Martin’s 372. The six-foot-two Ontario native, played in all 72 games last year with Orlando, and has led his team in games played for the last three seasons.
Boe, 27, has played the last two seasons with the Las Vegas Wranglers and was part of the Las Vegas team that went to the Kelly Cup Finals in 2012. He tallied 32 points (7g-25a) in 124 games the last two seasons in Las Vegas where he ranked second among Wranglers defensemen in games played during that span. He played four seasons of college hockey at Minnesota State University-Mankato.
McKinlay, 21, joins Utah for his rookie season from the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League where he was among his team and league leaders in several categories. He had 68 points (24g-44a) in 72 games with the Rockets last year and was fourth in the WHL with a +55. He was third on his team in scoring, led the Rockets in plus-minus and was tied for second in the league with six shorthanded goals. He was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in seventh round (189th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.