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Amerks sign Jacob Micflikier, Doug O'Brien to contracts

September 4, 2008 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Rochester Americans News Release

(Rochester, NY)... Rochester Americans General Manager Jody Gage announced today that the Amerks have signed forward Jacob Micflikier and defenseman Doug O'Brien to one-year, two-way American Hockey League contracts.

"Jacob is an extremely solid player with outstanding vision," Gage said. "He has proved in short stints the last two seasons that he can be a capable scorer at the AHL level and we're looking forward to him joining our organization."

"Doug brings proven AHL experience to our club," Gage added. "He's been a tremendous power play player during his time in the AHL, and after spending a year in Europe, he's looking to make another run at the NHL. We're very excited to have him join our team and we think his age and experience will be a real plus for our organization."

Micflikier split the 2007-08 season between the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL and the Springfield Falcons of the AHL. The 24-year-old skated in 29 regular season games with the Thunder, registering 37 points (10+27) and 29 PIM, while also pitching in 13 points (4+9) in six Kelly Cup Playoff games. He also saw action in eight games with the Falcons where he scored five points (1+5).

Micflikier made his professional debut in 2006-07 when he appeared in nine games with Springfield, tallying three goals and adding an assist. Prior to turning pro, the Winnipeg, Manitoba native, completed a four-year collegiate career at the University of New Hampshire where he posted 150 points (58+92) in 154 games. His best season came during his sophomore year in 2004-05 when he notched 44 points in 42 games.

O'Brien returns to North America after spending the 2007-08 season in Finland with Lukko Rauma where the 6-foot-1 blueliner scored nine points (5+4) and 51 PIM in 39 games. Prior to last season, the majority of O'Brien's four-year career has been spent in the AHL with Springfield and Portland. The St. John's, Newfoundland native's best pro season came in 2005-06 when he posted 32 points (7+25) in 74 games with Springfield.

A former sixth-round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Lightning, O'Brien made his National Hockey League debut in 2005-06 when he skated in five games with the Lightning..

O'Brien made his professional debut in 2004-05 playing in three games with the Johnstown Chiefs and 74 games with Springfield. Prior to turning pro, O'Brien played four seasons at the junior level with Hull and Gatineau of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In 230 career QMJHL games, he registered 120 points and 300 PIM.

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