Elmira Sends Zach Tolkinen to Missouri; Releases Blake Hietala
The Elmira Jackals, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and the AHL's Rochester Americans, announced today the team has acquired forwards Zach Cohen and Kyle Stroh in separate trades with the Missouri Mavericks and Indy Fuel. Additionally, the club announced they have traded defenseman Zach Tolkinen to Missouri to complete the trade for Cohen. In an unrelated roster move, the Jackals have released forward Blake Hietala.
Cohen, 28, joins the Jackals in his third ECHL stop this season. He began the year with the Rapid City Rush posting 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 35 games and added one goal in two games with the Missouri Mavericks. The 6-foot-3 230-pound forward spent the previous two seasons overseas in Sweden and Hungary. Before embarking on his European stint, Cohen split the 2012-13 campaign between Bakersfield and Greenville combining for 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 52 games. Cohen spent his first two-plus professional seasons in the Colorado Avalanche organization with the Lake Erie Monsters after signing with Colorado out of Boston University. The Schaumburg, Ill. native recorded 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) in 116 AHL games. Prior to turning pro, Cohen skated in 130 NCAA games at Boston University recording 52 points (31 goals, 21 assists) and helped the Terriers win the National Championship as a junior.
Stroh, 27, comes to Elmira from Indy to complete the future considerations from the Nick Petrecki trade. The third-year pro has split his professional career between the Indy Fuel and the Rapid City Rush. Stroh has logged 45 points (24 goals, 21 assists) in 77 games with the Fuel after he started the year with the Rush. The 6-foot-1 185-pound forward posted 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 32 games with the Rush and added 21 points (13 goals, eight assists) in 58 games with the Rush in the now-defunct CHL in his rookie campaign. Prior to turning pro, Stroh recorded 103 points (49 goals, 54 assists) in 115 NCAA III games at St. Norbert College.
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