Senators sign 2011 sixth-round pick to two-year deal

By Jared Clinton (@JPDClinton)

The Ottawa Senators have announced the signing of Max McCormick, their 2011 sixth-round pick.

McCormick, who just completed three years with the NCAA’s Ohio State Univeristy, comes to the Sens after a career-best NCAA campaign. In 37 games, the 22-year-old winger registered 11 goals and 35 points, besting his previous high of 31 points.

In 104 total NCAA games, McCormick racked up 36 goals and 52 assists, along with 97 PIM.

At 5’11” and 192 lbs., McCormick brings average size to the lineup, and will certainly help fill out the ranks for the Senators. While, according the Sens release, McCormick has been at each of the teams’ three previous development camps, this is the forward’s first deal with the team.

It appears likely that McCormick, barring an incredible pre-season, will begin the season with the Binghamton Senators.

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AHL Today: Evans, Grant, Desbiens suspended, Griffins back on top

AHL Today is a roundup of the night that was, the day ahead, and anything you may have missed. Your quick look at what’s going on around the league.

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To Watch:

  • ST. JOHN’S (23-16-1-2) at PROVIDENCE (22-15-1-5): In a rematch of a Friday matchup, the Bruins host the IceCaps. Friday night, the two teams combined for nine goals as the IceCaps skated away with a one-goal victory. Jerome Samson had the winner on the powerplay with 10 minutes remaining in the final frame. Michael Hutchinson, who has had the call in three straight, made 32 saves in the win. IceCaps goaltender Eddie Pasquale hasn’t seen the net since giving up six goals on 34 shots to the Manchester Monarchs.

Last Night: 

  • GRAND RAPIDS 4, TEXAS 1: In the rematch between the top two teams in the West, Grand Rapids exacted revenge for their 6-4 Friday night loss. A four goal second period, including two from Landon Ferraro, helped the Griffins to the victory. With the win, Grand Rapids move back atop the Western Conference.
  • MANCHESTER 3, PORTLAND 2 (OT): The Monarchs wore the throwback threads, and Linden Vey made sure the team skated away in style. With two second left in overtime, Vey, who was just recently reassigned to Manchester, took the puck off the half wall, moved to the middle of the ice, and fired a wrister through Pirates goaltender Louis Domingue.
    01:25:2013 Vey OT Goal MANvPRT

Moves:
Pat Nagle (G) From: Texas Stars To: Idaho Steelheads
Mikael Samuelsson (F) From: Detroit Red Wings To: Grand Rapids Griffins
Cody Bass (F) From: Columbus Blue Jackets To: Springfield Falcons
Dustin Jeffrey (F) From: Dallas Stars To: Texas Stars

News & Notes:

  • The AHL has announced suspensions for the Griffins D Brennan Evans, and LW Triston Grant have both been suspended resulting from incidents on Friday. Evans will sit three games for an elbow, Grant for a slew-foot.
  • Guillaume Desbiens has also been suspended one game for instigating a fight in the final five minutes of Lake Erie’s game last night vs. Hamilton.
  • Bob Howard posted some great photos of Denis Hamel’s induction ceremony in Binghamton last night. Go to his Twitter account to see them all.

(Cover image via Manchester Monarchs Official Instagram account)

Denis Hamel, former AHL star, to be honoured by Binghamton

It’s been nearly four years since Denis Hamel suited up for Binghamton, but tonight the former Senators forward will take to the ice to be honoured by the team and given his induction into the Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame.

In six seasons with the Sens, Hamel amassed 392 points while securing his spot as the franchises leader in goals, assists and points. With 203 goals and 189 points, Hamel was a fan favourite, captaining the Sens from 2007 to 2010 before spending his final two AHL seasons in Adirondack with the Phantoms. Hamel sits at 11th all-time in goals in the AHL.

Hamel, who has spent his last two seasons with the LNAH’s Jonquière Marquis, was given the 2007-08 Yanick Dupre Award for his work in the community.

The Senators tweeted a photo of the plaque they will be honouring Hamel with.