(Rochester, NY)... Rochester Americans Director of Player Personnel Jody Gage announced today the team has signed defenseman Matt Duffy to a two-way American Hockey League contract.
“Matt came in at the end of last season and was an immediate contributor to our team,” said Gage. “We look forward to seeing him at camp and hope he can further his development at the AHL level.”
“Matt is a young, hard working player who showed promise in Rochester last year after completing his college career ,” said Florida Panthers Assistant General Manager Randy Sexton. “He had the opportunity to compete on the professional level last season and we are confident that he will continue to develop his skill set while playing professionally this season.”
Duffy, 23, rejoins the Amerks after playing in nine games with the club last season. During the 2008-09 campaign, he scored two goals and added four assists with Rochester. Duffy also finished with a plus-2 rating and recorded four penalty minutes. In addition, he appeared in two regular season and three playoff games with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades.
“It feels good. I like the city and the coaching staff has been great to me,” said Duffy. “I am pretty excited to go there.”
The defenseman played four seasons of college hockey at the University of Maine, where he amassed career highs in his senior season in goals (7), assists (10), points (17) and penalty minutes (64) in 39 games. A native of Windham, Maine, the blueliner posted 43 points (21+22) and 164 PIM in 135 career games for the Black Bears. The 6-foot-2, 201-pound defenseman was the Florida Panthers’ fourth-round selection (104th overall) in the 2005 National Hockey League Entry Draft.