RALEIGH, NC (Oct. 4, 2001) – Jason Karmanos, Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, today announced the signings of center Mike Zigomanis, goaltender Rob Zepp and left wing Ryan Murphy to multi-year contracts. As per club policy, no other terms were released.
Zigomanis (6’1”, 196 lbs.), who will play for the Lowell Lock Monsters (American Hockey League) signed a three-year contract. He was Carolina’s second round selection (46th overall) in last June’s NHL Entry Draft and led Kingston of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in scoring last season, totaling 77 points (40g, 37a) in 52 games. In four seasons with the Frontenacs, Zigomanis, 20, notched 330 points (132g, 198a) in 240 gams. He was originally selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the second round (64th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, but re-entered the draft pool after not signing with Buffalo.
Zepp (6’1’’, 190 lbs.) was Carolina’s fourth-round selection (110th overall) in June’s NHL Entry Draft. Zepp, who will start this season with the Florida Everblades of the East Coast Hockey League, played 55 games for Plymouth of the Ontario Hockey League last season, going 34-18-3 with a 2.26 goals against average. He was originally drafted by Atlanta in the 1999 draft but re-entered this year’s draft after he was not signed by the Thrashers.
Murphy, a fourth-round pick in 1999 (113th overall), will start this season with the Lowell Lock Monsters of the American Hockey League. Murphy played four seasons for Bowling Green University, tallying 45 goals and 57 assists in 144 games.