The Elmira Jackals announced that they have signed rookie forwards Chris Moran and Samson Mahbod to contracts for the 2010-2011 season.
Elmira is the ECHL affiliate of the Ottawa Senators and Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League and the Binghamton Senators and Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.
Moran, a native of Buffalo, N.Y. is Niagara University’s all-time assists leader with 103 and fourth all-time leading scorer with 141 career points. In his senior year at Niagara of 2009-2010, Moran topped the Purple Eagles with 42 points and 33 assists, leading the College Hockey America (CHA) conference in both departments. Moran tied for the team lead in points with 31 and assists with 19 in his junior year of 2008-2009.
Mahbod finished his fifth and final season in Quebec junior hockey in 2009-2010, leading the Prince Edward Island Rocket (QMHJL) with 64 points and 44 assists. In the first round round of the QMJHL playoffs, Mahbod recorded five assists, scoring at a point per game in the postseason. A Montreal, Quebec native, Mahbod was fourth on the Drummondville Voltiguers (QMJHL) in 2008-2009 with 79 points, 49 assists, and 30 goals. Mahbod had five goals and eight assists in the 2008-2009 postseason as Drummondville won the QMJHL championship before falling in the semifinals of the Memorial Cup.