EDMONTON, Alberta – The Edmonton Oilers have signed former ECHL defenseman Rick Mrozik. Edmonton is the NHL affiliate of the Greenville Grrrowl.
Selected in the sixth round (136th overall) by Dallas in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, the 6-2 and 185-pound Mrozik scored 28 points (9g-19a) in 60 regular season games and two points (2g-0a) in five postseason games with Pee Dee of the ECHL in 1999-2000.
In 2003-04 with Rochester of the American Hockey League, the 29-year-old Mrozik scored 14 points (4g-10a) in 72 regular season games and five points (1g-4a) in 15 playoff games.
Mrozik made his NHL debut with Calgary in the Flames’ 4-1 win over Los Angeles on April 4, 2003, and he has played two games in the NHL with the Flames.
He has played seven seasons in the AHL with Portland, Worcester, Syracuse, Saint John and Rochester, scoring 78 points (19g-59a) in 420 career regular season games and 11 points (3g-8a) in 44 career playoff games.
There were former ECHL coaches behind the benches of 14 of the 28 teams in the American Hockey League and all 28 teams in the AHL had an ECHL player take the ice for them in 2003-04. The ECHL had affiliation agreements with 21 of the 28 teams in the AHL and there were over 90 players on AHL contracts in the ECHL in 2003-04. There were more than 220 players that played in both the ECHL and the AHL in 2003-04 and the ECHL had 425 call-ups, involving 234 players, to the AHL during the regular season.
For the 15th consecutive season, an ECHL player is a member of the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup Champion. In addition to Claude Noel, who is in his first season as head coach, Milwaukee had eight players and radio announcer Kyle Schultz, who are all alumni of the ECHL.