Rochester Signs Hendricks, Stirling,
Smith, Dufresne

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League announced that they have re-signed former Dayton defensemen Brandon Smith and Toledo defenseman Sylvain Dufresne, and that they have signed former ECHL Most Valuable Player goaltender Scott Stirling and Florida center Matt Hendricks.

Selected in the fifth round (131st overall) by Nashville in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Hendricks was voted as a starter for the American Conference in the 2005 ECHL All-Star Game and ranked 16th among league rookies with 50 points (24g-26a) in 54 games. He also played 15 games for Lowell of the AHL recording one goal and two assists.

Stirling is 108-39-15 in the ECHL and was named First Team All-ECHL in 2001 and 2004 and was Rookie of the Year in 2001. He is the only two-time winner of the ECHL Goaltender of the Year award (2001 and 2004) and in 2004 became only the second goaltender in league history to be named MVP. Stirling holds the record for most ECHL All-Star Game appearances and starts by a goaltender and was named the MVP in 2003 after making 11 saves in the first period of an 8-2 win. He helped Atlantic City win the Kelly Cup in 2003 and advance to the conference finals in 2002 and in 2001 was a part of Trenton’s team that reached the Kelly Cup Finals. In 2004-05 with Danbury in the United Hockey League, Stirling was 35-18-5 in 59 games.

The 27-year-old Dufresne played with Toledo in 2004-05, registering eight points (1g-7a) in 35 regular season games while also playing in four Kelly Cup Playoff games, and also with Rochester where he had two assists in 29 regular season games and appeared in one playoff game.

In his first professional season in 1994-95, Smith had 65 points (16g-49a) in 60 regular season games and five points (2g-3a) in four Riley Cup Playoff games for Dayton and three points (1g-2a) in 14 regular season games with Adirondack of the AHL. He also played one game with Minnesota of the International Hockey League. The 32-year-old was one of Rochester’s alternate captains in 2004-05 and had 18 points (4g-14a) in 67 games. He has played 11 professional seasons, including 33 games in the National Hockey League with Boston and the New York Islanders. He has 348 points (80g-268a) in 645 games in the AHL and helped Providence win the Calder Cup in 1999.