St. John's - The Newfoundland Growlers, proud affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced today that they have signed forward Alec Baer and defenceman Derian Hamilton to standard ECHL player contracts.
Baer, a 22-year-old St. Lous Park, Minnesota native, appeared in 34 games this season with the Peoria Rivermen of the Southern Professional Hockey League where he has tallied 7 goals and 18 assists for 25 points and 2 penalty minutes.
The crafty forward skated in 42 games in the ECHL last season, splitting time between the Rapid City Rush and the Maine Mariners where he registered 7 goals and 6 assists for 13 points.
Hamilton, a 25-year-old, 174 lbs defenseman from Port McNeil, British Columbia appeared in 8 games so far this season with the Reading Royals of the ECHL where he recorded 1 assist. He most recently skated 17 games with the Fayetteville Marksmen of the Southern Professional Hockey League where he tallied 1 goal and 10 assists for 11 points.
The Newfoundland Growlers will attempt to capture ECHL history with their 19th straight win on home ice on Friday night when they take on the Maine Mariners. Puck drop is 7:00 p.m. Newfoundland time. Tickets are on sale now at the Mile One Centre box office or at www.mileonecentre.com.