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Press Release: HURRICANES SIGN PROSPECTS ED HILL AND RYAN BAST

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

DEFENSEMEN PLAYED FOR AHL AFFILIATE IN LOWELL

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 16, 2002) – Jason Karmanos, Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced the team has signed defenseman Ed Hill to a three-year contract and defenseman Ryan Bast to a one-year deal. As per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

“Ed is a strong skating defenseman with good size,” said Karmanos. “We consider him a prospect to play in the National Hockey League. Ryan is a physical player who had a good season last year for Lowell, providing veteran leadership on defense. We expect him to be a depth player on the blue line for our organization.”

Hill (6’3’’, 210 lbs.) split last season between Florida of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and Lowell of the American Hockey League (AHL). He had 14 points (2g, 12a) in 34 games for Florida and played 37 games for Lowell. Hill, 21, was originally selected 61st overall in the second round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators. The Newburyport, Mass., native tallied 65 points (11 goals, 54a) in 179 career junior hockey games with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

Bast (6’3’’, 215 lbs) is entering his seventh season of professional hockey. He split last season between Pee Dee of the ECHL and Lowell of the AHL, totaling four points (0g, 4a) in 16 games for Pee Dee and eight points (1g, 7a) in 59 regular season games for Lowell. Bast, 26, has played two career NHL games, tallying one assist in two games with Philadelphia. In six seasons in the AHL with Saint-John, Philadelphia, Hartford and Lowell, Bast has notched 42 points (6g, 36a) and 805 penalty minutes in 356 games.

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