MANCHESTER, N.H. - Manchester Monarchs Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Rich Seeley announced that the team has signed Cory Ward and Alexx Privitera to Standard Player Contracts for the 2016-17 season, as well as Danila Alistratov and Dean Yakura to try-out agreements.
The Monarchs are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Los Angeles Kings and the American Hockey League’s Ontario Reign.
Ward, 22, signs with Manchester for his first full professional season after spending the majority of the 2015-16 season with Bimidji State University. With the Beavers, Ward scored 19 points on nine goals and 10 assists in his senior season, and finished his time at Bemidji with 80 points on 45 goals and 35 assists in 151 career games.
The 5-foot-11, 201-pound native of Las Vegas, Nev. played in eight games with the St. John’s IceCaps (AHL) after the Bemidji season ended and recorded three assists. Before heading to campus, Ward played two seasons in the NAHL for the Aberdeen Wings where he scored 120 points on 67 goals and 53 assists in 113 games. Ward was named to the NAHL All-Rookie First Team in 2011, and was a member of the 2012 NAHL All-Central Division Team.
Privitera, 23, spent the 2015-16 season at the University of Vermont where he scored 42 points on 13 goals and 29 assists in 77 games over the course of two seasons. Privitera spent a year playing for the Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL) after deciding to transfer to Vermont from Boston University. With the Fighting Saints, Privitera skated in 57 games and netted 44 points on 11 goals and 33 assists while wearing the “C”. In two seasons playing for Boston University, Privitera logged 26 points on six goals and 20 assists in 48 games.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound native of Old Tappan, N.J. was a member of the U.S. National Team that took home a gold medal in the 2010 World U17 Hockey Championship.
Alistratov, 25, spent the 2015-16 season with Yuzhny Ural Orsk of the VHL in Russia. In 34 games, Alistratov posted a 16-12-3 record, a 2.12 GAA and a 0.925 save percentage. Alistratov also recorded two shutouts over 1925:41 minutes.
The 5-foot-8, 159-pound native of Chelyabinsk, Russia has played professionally since 2009 with Lada Togliatti and Ariada Volzhsk of the VHL, Trakto Chelyabinsk and Vityaz Chekhov of the KHL and Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk of the MHL.
Yakura, 31, played for the Danbury Titans of the FHL during the 2015-16 season. In Danbury, Yakura scored 81 points on 23 goals and 58 assists in 56 games. Yakura was named team captain in his first full season in Danbury.
The six-foot, 192- pound native of West Vancouver, British Columbia played collegiately at American International College and has 24 ECHL games under his belt after playing for the Idaho Steelheads and Cincinnati Cyclones.
Ward, Privitera, Alistratov, Yakura and the Monarchs open the 2016-17 regular season Oct. 14 (7 p.m.), when they host the Adirondack Thunder for the first of two games on Opening Weekend.
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