The NHL regular season begins tomorrow with the San Jose Sharks taking on the Nashville Predators. Many teams are still making their final roster preparations, and as the roster picture in the NHL becomes more clear, teams across the hockey world are also making moves. Here we’ll recap the day’s notable transactions from minor leagues or overseas leagues.
- The ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays announced today that they’ve signed three young players who have either recently turned pro or are set to make their professional debuts this season. The players are as follows: forwards Anthony Del Gaizo and Sean Gulka, and defenseman Kylor Wall. Del Gaizo, 24, is the brother of Nashville Predators prospect Marc Del Gaizo and is also an NCAA champion and former USHL Player of the Year. Gulka, 22, is an import from the WHL’s Victoria Royals, and Wall, 25, got a taste of professional action last year for the Fort Wayne Komets.
- Forward Michael Pelech, the older brother of New York Islanders star defenseman Adam Pelech, signed a contract with the ECHL’s Atlanta Gladiators. Pelech, 33, is a minor league veteran with over 800 games of ECHL experience under his belt. Pelech played for the Gladiators last season and notched 36 points in 46 games.
- The ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears announced today that they’ve signed forward Tristin Langan to a one-year deal. Langan, 23, scored the second-most points of any WHL player in 2018-19, scoring 53 goals and 113 points for the Moose Jaw Warriors. Langan has proven to be an elite ECHL scorer with 147 points in 168 career games at that level. Langan has spent his entire ECHL career with the Solar Bears and will return there hoping to earn a chance with an AHL club.
- After spending two games with Slovakian club Nove Zamsky Mikron HC and scoring one goal, veteran forward Jay Dickman has decided to head back to North America. The forward signed a one-year deal with the ECHL’s Wichita Thunder, the team he spent the last two seasons with. Dickman, 29, scored 58 points in 65 games last season and should definitely help the Thunder’s offensive attack as they look to rebound after a difficult 2021-22 season.