ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Alaska Aces have agreed to terms with left wing Robert Farmer, defenseman Ben Parker and forward Eli Zuck for the 2013-14 season, Aces head coach Rob Murray announced today.
The Aces are the ECHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League and the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League.
Farmer, 22, is set for his first season in North America after appearing in 203 career games with 148 points (65g-83a) and 348 penalty minutes in the United Kingdom with the Braehead Clan, Coventry Blaze and Sheffield Steelers of the Elite Ice Hockey League. The 6-foot-3, 176-pound forward from Nottingham, England ranked second in scoring last season for Braehead with 51 points (20g-31a) in 52 games. He was named the Young British Player of the Year in 2011-12, earning career-highs in goals (28), points (55) and penalty minutes (112) in 61 games for Coventry.
Zuck, 23, skated in 117 career college games for Minnesota State-Mankato from 2009-13, registering 44 points and a +6 rating. He led the Mavericks with a career-high +13 rating while posting 11 points in 31 games last season. The Anchorage native earned a career-high 18 points and 13 assists in 35 games as a sophomore in 2010-11.
Parker, 23, suited up in 132 career games for Canisius College and notched 27 points (6g-21a). The 6-foot, 185-pound defenseman from Port Perry, Ontario posted a career-high 12 points in 42 games as a 2012-13 senior. Last season, he led Canisius with a +10 rating, which was the highest in the program since the 2008-09 season.