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Springfield Falcons Ink Defenseman Dillon Heatherington to ATO, Release Forward Matthew Zay

April 7, 2015 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Springfield Falcons News Release

Springfield, Mass. - The Springfield Falcons have inked defenseman Dillon Heatherington to an amateur try-out contract, Falcons Director of Hockey Operations Bruce Landon announced today. Additionally, the team has released forward Matthew Zay from his ATO.

Heatherington, 19, spent the 2014-15 season with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League, where he accumulated 1-14-15 and 48 penalty minutes in 48 appearances. The 6-foot-4, 213-pound defenseman also captured the 2015 U20 IIHF World Junior Championship gold medal with Team Canada, posting two penalty minutes and a +1 plus/minus rating in seven games. In a career total 247 contests with the Broncos, the Calgary, Alberta native has collected 13-74-87 along with 254 penalty minutes and +35 plus/minus rating.

Heatherington was selected in the 2nd round, 50th overall, by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Zay, 24, signed an ATO with the Falcons on March 23. He skated in three games with the team after making his professional debut on March 27 against Worcester. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound forward also appeared in 39 contests with Mercyhurst College of the AHA this season, recording 12-20-32 with 44 penalty minutes and a +3 plus/minus rating. During his collegiate career, Zay tallied 47-81-128 and 131 penalty minutes. The Glendale, New York native also spent the 2010-11 season with the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Canada Hockey League notching 18-35-53 with 16 penalty minutes in 55 match-ups.

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