RALEIGH, NC (August 1, 2000) – Jason Karmanos, Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the National Hockey League Carolina Hurricanes, announced today the team has agreed to terms on contracts with left wing Brian Felsner (FEHLZ-nuhr) and defenseman Jon Rohloff (ROH-lawf). As per club policy, no terms were released.
“Felsner and Rohloff will add depth to our organization,” stated Karmanos. “Leadership is important at all levels, and these two players will bring leadership to Cincinnati and help teach our younger prospects throughout the season.”
Felsner (5’11’’, 190 lbs.) completed his fourth season of professional hockey last season, spending the year with the Houston Aeros and the Cincinnati Cyclones of the International Hockey League (IHL). Felsner played in 66 games in the IHL last season, scoring 55 points (22g, 33a) and collecting 38 penalty minutes. Felsner, 27, led the Cyclones in playoff scoring, notching nine points (4g, 5a) in 11 games. A teammate of Hurricanes forward Bates Battaglia at Lake Superior State, Felsner has played 12 games in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks, totaling four points (1g, 3a) and 12 penalty minutes. In 281 career IHL games, Felsner has totaled 248 points (95g, 153a) and 181 penalty minutes.
Rohloff (5’11’’, 221 lbs.) completed his seventh professional season last year with the Kansas City Blades of the IHL. Originally chosen as the seventh choice of the Boston Bruins (186th overall) in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, Rohloff had 23 points (5g, 18a) and 38 penalty minutes in 44 games with the Blades last season. Rohloff, 30, has played in 150 games in the NHL with the Bruins, scoring a total of 32 points (7g, 25a) and totaling 129 penalty minutes from 1994-1997. The Mankato, Minnesota native spent parts of five seasons in the American Hockey League (AHL) with Providence and Kentucky, tallying 64 points (21g, 43a) in 82 games. Rohloff played college hockey at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, earning WCHA Second All-Star Team honors in 1993.