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Ducks sign LW Casey Hankinson to AHL contract

December 3, 2004 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Cincinnati RailRaiders News Release

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Cincinnati Mighty Ducks president/CEO Pete Robinson announced today that the American Hockey League (AHL) club has signed free agent left wing Casey Hankinson to a contract. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Hankinson, 28, had 15 goals and 23 assists with 123 penalty minutes in 78 games with Cincinnati last season. The 6-foot-1, 202-pounder added four goals and one assist with 10 penalty minutes in nine playoff games. Hankinson also appeared in four games with Anaheim, going scoreless with four penalty minutes.

The native of Edina, Minnesota served as the Ducks' captain last season and was named the club's American Specialty/AHL Man of the Year for his contributions to the greater Cincinnati community and charitable organizations.

"Casey is a fierce competitor and an individual that epitomizes what leadership is," Robinson said. "We know from experience he'll be a welcome addition to our organization, both on and off the ice."

A seven-year pro, Hankinson was originally selected by Chicago in the eighth round, 201st overall, in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He has recorded 216 points (101 goals, 115 assists) in 369 career AHL games with Portland, Norfolk and Cincinnati. He has also tallied one assist and 13 penalty minutes in 18 career NHL games with Chicago and Anaheim.

Hankinson will begin practicing with the team next week in Cincinnati. He is expected to be available to make his season debut when the Ducks face Grand Rapids Friday, December 10 at 7:35 p.m. at Cincinnati Gardens.

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