Trupp, Taranto sign with Aces

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The
Alaska Aces have re-signed forwards Evan Trupp and Andy Taranto 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.

Trupp, 25, collected eight points (2g-6a) and a +2 rating in 10 games with the Aces last season and added five points (2g-3a) in 11 Kelly Cup Playoff games. He was acquired from the Bakersfield Condors at last season’s trade deadline on March 7 in exchange for forward Shawn Skelly and defenseman Chris Haltigin. The 5-foot-10, 157-pound forward earned 35 points (7g-28a) in 70 games during the 2012-13 season with the Aces and Condors. He has skated in 115 career ECHL games through two seasons with Alaska, Bakersfield and Cincinnati, picking up 69 points (19g-50a).

Trupp previously suited up in 157 career college games with national power University of North Dakota and notched 108 points (40g-68a) along with a +39 rating. He helped guide the Fighting Sioux to back-to-back WCHA championships and earned North Dakota’s Cliff "Fido" Purpur Award (hard work, determination and being a creator of excitement on the ice) in his final two seasons, which included a trip to the NCAA Frozen Four as a senior in 2010-11.

Taranto, 25, made his pro debut with the Aces last season and earned an assist in two regular season games. He suited up in six Kelly Cup Playoff games, earning five points (3g-2a) while scoring a goal in his postseason debut against San Francisco in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

The 6-foot, 205-pound forward posted 120 points (59g-61a) in 146 career games in college at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks while adding 210 penalty minutes. He notched at least 12 goals and 22 points during all four seasons, finishing as one of the top two scorers in three campaigns. As a freshman for the Nanooks, Taranto opened his collegiate career finishing second on the program in scoring, notching 42 points (18g-24a) in 39 games while earning CCHA Rookie of the Year honors.