Grand Rapids Signs All-Star Tardiff, Walsh

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League announced that they have signed ECHL All-Star right wing Jamie Tardif and right wing Mike Walsh, who both played for Toledo in the ECHL as rookies in 2006-07.

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Selected in the fourth round (112th overall) by the Calgary Flames in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, the 22-year-old Tardif had 30 points (10g-20a) and 37 penalty minutes in 34 games for Toledo in 2006-07. The 6-foot and 205-pound forward also played in the AHL in 2006-07 where he had 15 points (9g-6a) in 27 regular season games and appeared in two playoff games for Grand Rapids while becoming only the third player in team history to score three goals in a period when he registered his first professional hat trick on Mar. 3 at Syracuse. He also played one game for Manitoba of the AHL and two games for Iowa of the AHL.

Selected in the fifth round (143rd overall) by the New York Rangers in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, the 24-year-old Walsh had 40 points (14g-26a) and 58 penalty minutes in 66 regular season games and appeared in three Kelly Cup Playoff games for Toledo while also playing five games for Grand Rapids.