Friday afternoon the Milwaukee Admirals announced a pair of signings. Centers Paul Crowder and Mathieu Tousignant (TOO-sihn-yeh) have both been signed to American Hockey League contracts. The terms and length of the deal are undisclosed.
After playing with three teams last season -- six games for Znojmo Orli HC (Austria), sixty-eight for the Wheeling Nailers in the ECHL and two for the AHL's Wilkes-Barre Scranton -- Paul Crowder landed in Milwaukee, where he totaled two assists in five games with the club. The Victoria, British Columbia native played two seasons (2010-11 and 2011-12) for the Nailers while Admirals' assistant coach Stan Drulia was head coach there.
Crowder, an undrafted 28-year-old, has yet to make an NHL appearance, but has played ninety-seven games in the AHL scoring thirty-one points (12g, 19a).
St-Etienne-de-Lauzon, Quebec native Mathieu Tousignant has also yet to make an NHL appearance, but has made quite a dent in the American League since turning pro prior to the 2009-10 season. Since then, Tousignant has totaled thirty-six points (17g, 19a) for the Texas Stars. In April of last season, Tousignant was loaned to the St. John's Ice Caps to finish out the season putting up an assist in five matches.
Below is the Press Release sent out by the Milwaukee Admirals.
Milwaukee, WI— The Milwaukee Admirals announced today that they have signed forwards Paul Crowder and Mathieu Tousignant (TOO-sihn-yeh) to American Hockey League contracts.
After splitting time between four different teams last season, Crowder joined the Ads for five games, and tallied two assists in his short time with the squad. In 2008, Crowder turned pro with the Hartford Wolfpack, and stayed on the team for two seasons. During the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, Crowder played for current Ads assistant coach, Stan Drulia, with the Wheeling Nailers. In his three seasons with the team, he accumulated 123 points in 141 games, and also led the team last season in points with 62.
Last season Tousignant split time between three teams, including the Texas Stars, Idaho Steelheads, and St. John’s Ice Caps. During the year he had 10 penalty minutes in 18 games for the Stars, 19 points in 28 games for the Steelheads, and one point in five games for the Ice Caps. When Tousignant made his AHL debut for the Texas Stars in the 2009-2010 season, he racked up 7 points in 45 games. The following season, he scored 10 goals in 78 games, and registered 23 points, both of which are career highs. He also led the Stars that year in penalty minutes with 120.
(Photo by: Byrd/Texas Stars)