Mike Duco Will Serve As Player and Assistant Coach For Elmira
The Elmira Jackals, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and AHL's Rochester Americans, announced today the team has signed veteran forward Mike Duco to a Standard Player Contract for the 2016-17 season. Duco will also serve as assistant coach under head coach Dave Leger.
Duco, 29, joins the Jackals for his ninth professional season and his eighth in North America. Duco has played parts of three seasons in the NHL, most recently in 2012 with the Vancouver Canucks. He also saw action in two seasons with the Florida Panthers. Between the teams, the 5-foot-10, 200-pound forward logged 18 NHL games and had two assists, both coming during his six-game stint with Vancouver.
"I am extremely excited to be a part of the Elmira Jackals organization," said Duco. "This is a great opportunity for me to transition into coaching while still being able to perform on the ice when called upon. I look forward to working with and learning along side Dave Leger."
The Toronto, Ontario native brings strong leadership capabilities to the Jackals. He served as the inaugural captain for the Indy Fuel in 2014-15, while also contributing 36 points (17g, 19a) in 63 games. Duco enters the season with 392 professional games played in North America, including 107 in the ECHL. Between the Fuel, Evansville Icemen and Orlando Solar Bears, Duco has 59 points (32g, 27a) in the ECHL.
The majority of Duco's pro experience has come in the AHL, where he spent three seasons with the Rochester Americans from 2008 to 2011. He played in 194 games for Rochester and contributed 78 points (43g, 35a). He has also seen ice time with the AHL's Chicago Wolves and Toronto Marlies, combining for 267 AHL games between the three clubs. In his AHL career, Duco has 107 points (57g, 51a) and 475 penalty minutes.
Prior to turning pro, Duco played four full seasons for the OHL's Kitchener Rangers from 2004 to 2008. In 242 games with the Rangers, he had 191 points (99g, 92a) and was a member of the Rangers team that won the OHL Championship and advanced to the Memorial Cup Final in 2008.
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