Eagles reach deal with Forney

LOVELAND, Colo. – The Colorado Eagles, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets and the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps, announced that they have signed forward Michael Forney for the upcoming season. A former prospect in the Winnipeg system, Forney spent 56 games between the Eagles and the IceCaps last season. 

A thrd Round pick (80th overall) of the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Forney has played 182 games in the ECHL and 26 in the AHL during the past three seasons. Fifty three of those ECHL contests came with Colorado last season in which he was the team’s fifth-leading point producer, tallying 51 points (20g-31a). Over the past two seasons, Forney has recorded nearly a point-per-game in the ECHL (117 points in 119 games).

In 2010-11, the 6-foot-2-inch, 185-pound forward led the Gwinnett Gladiators in goals (21), assists (45) and points (66). His performance earned him a spot in the ECHL All-Star Game and ranked him among the league leaders in points (13th) & assists (9th) at season’s end.