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Three forwards join Jackals

The Elmira Jackals announced on Wednesday that they have signed forwards Evan Barlow, Jean Bourbeau, and Brian Roloff to standard player contracts for the 2011-2012 season.

Click here for video of Jackals head coach Pat Bingham discussing the three additions.

Barlow enters his third professional season having established himself as a premiere scoring threat. After starting 2010-2011 with stints in Finland and Norway, the 5'9", 185-pound left wing returned for a second season with the Idaho Steelheads, earning the ECHL's Player of the Month title in January in his first month back with the club. He finished the season with 18 goals and 36 assists for 54 points with the Steelheads and added two goals and five assists for seven points in nine playoff games.

The Strathmore, Alberta product started his professional career in 2009-2010 in style, posting 32 goals and 43 assists for 75 points (second most among ECHL rookies) with the Steelheads while garnering ECHL All-Star Game MVP honors and earning a spot on the ECHL All-Rookie Team. Barlow's +30 rating was tied for fourth highest in the ECHL. In 15 postseason games, Barlow tied for the team lead with eight goals and 18 points as Idaho advanced to the Kelly Cup Finals. He also secured eight games with the AHL's Abbotsford Heat, totaling four points (1g-3a).

Barlow played his college hockey from 2005-2009 at nearby Cornell University (NCAA, D-I), accumulating 28 goals and 33 assists for 61 points in his four years with the Big Red.

"Evan is a threat to score every time he is on the ice," Bingham said. "He plays with an edge, making him a tough player to compete against."

Bourbeau, a 6'0", 200-pound physical left wing, will play his first ECHL season and fourth as a pro in Elmira. In 2010-2011, Bourbeau played 44 games under Bingham with the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers, collecting three goals and five assists for eight points while getting an assist in eight games with the CHL's Odessa Jackalopes.

The Bonnyville, Alberta native played the majority of his first two pro seasons from 2008-2010 with Odessa, scoring 22 goals while contributing 24 assists for 46 points over the two years while adding 170 penalty minutes. He reached the AHL for the first time in 2009-2010, skating three games for Bridgeport.

Bourbeau played college hockey at St. Thomas University in Canada (AUS) from 2004-2008, accumulating 19 goals and 23 assists for 42 points to go along with 116 penalty minutes.

"Jean is a quick power forward who can really skate. He adds grit to this team and does not avoid confontation," Bingham said.

Roloff, from West Seneca, N.Y., played his entire rookie season of 2010-2011 with the AHL's Portland Pirates, participating in 76 of 80 games in his first pro year and playing in seven playoff games as well. With the Pirates, the 5'10", 180-pound center scored his first four professional goals while tacking on 20 assists for 24 points.

From 2006-2010, Roloff played collegiately at the University of Vermont (NCAA, D-1), serving as a co-captain in his senior season of 2009-2010. Roloff checked in third on the Catamounts with 27 points (9g-18a) in his senior year and 29 points (10g-19a) in his junior year. He totaled 26 goals and 53 assists for 79 points in his four-year career. Following his senior season, Roloff played five games with the AHL's Providence Bruins at the end of 2009-2010.

"Brian was able to crack a difficult Portland lineup last season that had a lot of dynamic forwards," Bingham said. "He is very versatile, plays on both sides of the ice, and will make this team better."

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