Bancks, Hamilton and Ehrhardt Signed to AHL Deals
Utica Comets Director of Hockey Operations Pat Conacher announced today that the Comets have signed forwards Carter Bancks and Wacey Hamilton, and defenseman Travis Ehrhardt to standard player contracts (SPC). All three had been with the Comets since training camp on professional tryout contracts (PTO).
In addition, the Comets have announced that forward Curtis Valk has been returned on loan to the ECHL's Kalamazoo Wings.
Bancks, 25, has appeared in 14 games with Utica and has accounted for four points (three goals, one assist) and a plus-3 rating. The Marysville, BC native had spent his entire AHL career with the Abbotsford Heat prior to this year. Over his five professional seasons, he has posted 56 points (18 goals, 38 assists) in 238 games between Abbotsford and Utica. Undrafted, Bancks played two games with the NHL's Calgary Flames during the 2012-13 season.
Hamilton, 24, is tied for third on the team with five assists to go along with a goal and 21 penalty minutes. In 188 career AHL games, between Utica and Binghamton, the Cochrane, Alberta native has 45 points (14 goals, 31 assists) and 157 penalty minutes.
Ehrhardt, 25, joined the Comets this season after an injury shortened season split between the St. John's IceCaps and the Stavanger Oilers (Norway). In 9 games with Utica, Ehrhardt has registered a goal and two assists. The sixth-year pro previously played with the Manitoba Moose and Grand Rapids Griffins in the AHL and has totaled 155 career games.
Valk, 21, made his AHL debut with the Comets on Nov. 12 against Chicago and recorded no points. With Kalamazoo, Valk scored four goals and assisted on six others in the first six games of the season and was named the ECHL Player of the Month for October. He currently has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in nine games which ranks second among all rookies.
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