ELMIRA, N.Y. – The Elmira Jackals announced that they have signed rookie forwards Benoit Doucet and Patrick Bordeleau, left wing Dan Veenema and defenseman Chris Busby.
The 21-year-old Doucet played four seasons in the Quebec Major Hockey League and had 265 points (119g-146a) in 252 regular season games with Victoriaville, including leading the team with 43 goals and sharing the team lead with 100 points in 64 games in 2006-07. He signed with Rockford in the United Hockey League after completing his junior season in 2006-07 and had nine points (3g-6a) in 15 games while helping the IceHogs capture the league championship.
Selected in the fourth round (114th overall) by Minnesota in the 2004 National Hockey League Draft, the 21-year-old Bordeleau played four seasons in the QMJHL and had 133 points (51g-82a) in 218 regular season games and three points (2g-1a) in 12 playoff games for Val-d’Or, Drummondville and Acadie-Bathurst from 2003-07.
The 21-year-old Veenema had 18 points (6g-12a) and 44 penalty minutes in 55 games as a rookie for Elmira in 2006-07.
The 25-year-old Busby was named First Team All-UHL after he had 49 points (9g-40a) and 79 penalty minutes in 69 regular season games and two points (1g-1a) and four penalty minutes in five playoff games for Chicago in 2006-07. He played in the ECHL as a rookie in 2005-06 and had 15 points (2g-13a) and 61 penalty minutes in 66 games for Long Beach and Columbia.