Hartford Wolf Pack General Manager Al Coates announced today that the organization has agreed to terms on contracts with right wings John Tripp and Patrick Yetman and defenseman Dean Arsene. In accordance with team policy, terms of the contract were not released.
"John Tripp performed very well for us last year after we brought him up from the East Coast League," Coates said. "He scored some big goals down the stretch and in the playoffs, and we're looking forward to seeing him over a full season. Patrick Yetman was one of the top forwards in the ECHL, and we think he has a lot of upside at this level. And the return of Dean Arsene to our organization really helps our depth on defense."
Tripp, 25, played 23 games with the Wolf Pack in 2001-02, notching four goals and nine assists for 13 points. He also amassed 22 penalty minutes. In the postseason, Tripp tied for the Wolf Pack team lead in goals, totaling four tallies and two assists for six points in 10 games. Before signing a Professional Try-out agreement (PTO) with the Wolf Pack January 29, he had been enjoying an outstanding season in the East Coast Hockey League with the Pensacola Ice Pilots. In 49 games with the Ice Pilots, he struck for 25 goals and 27 assists for 52 points, along with 114 PIM.
Originally a second-round draft pick (42nd overall) by the Calgary Flames in 1997, Tripp has completed five professional seasons. In 120 career AHL games, the 6-2, 207-pound Kingston, Ontario native has tallied 13 goals and 28 assists for 41 points, with 136 penalty minutes.
Yetman joined the Wolf Pack for the playoffs in 2001-02, dressing for one game, after playing most of the season with Augusta of the East Coast League. 5-10, 172 pounds and born in St. John's, Newfoundland, Yetman also played eight AHL games with Springfield (3-1-4), for whom he scored two goals against the Wolf Pack in a game March 8 in Springfield. The 21-year-old was Augusta's third-leading goal-scorer and tied for fourth on the team in points last season, with 25 goals and 23 assists for 48 points in 61 games. In his final year of Junior hockey with Moncton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Yetman led the team in goals, assists and points, with totals of: 33-68-101 in 71 games.
Arsene, 22, spent last year, his first professional season, with the Wolf Pack's ECHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers. In 63 games, the 6-2, 200-pounder logged three goals and 10 assists for 13 points, to go along with 101 penalty minutes. In the Western Hockey League, the Abbotsford, B.C. native played four seasons under new Wolf Pack head coach Ryan McGill, for the Edmonton/Kootenay Ice.
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