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Crunch sign Ferraro twins

The Syracuse Crunch announced today that they have signed center Chris Ferraro and right wing Peter Ferraro to American Hockey League contracts. They are expected to join the team in time for practice on Tuesday.

“We are thrilled to get two players of this caliber at this point in the season,” said Howard Dolgon, Crunch President and CEO. “They are energetic, highly competitive players with a proven track record in the American Hockey League.”

“With respect to the competitiveness of our division, both the Blue Jackets and Crunch ownership looked at ways to generate additional offense,” said Jim Clark, Executive Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets. “The Ferraros have shown to be proven offensive producers in the American Hockey League. The coaching staff and myself are excited about putting them in the line-up.”

Chris Ferraro, 31, appeared in 12 games with Sodertalje SK (Swedish Elite League) this season, recording one goal, four assists and 57 penalty minutes. In 433 career AHL games with Binghamton (Rangers), Hamilton, Providence, Albany, Portland and Springfield, Chris has tallied 169 goals and 254 assists for 423 points to go with 851 penalty minutes. He has appeared in three AHL All-Star Classics (1997, 1999 and 2003).

Chris was the co-recipient of the AHL’s Fred T. Hunt Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey. He has recorded seven goals, nine assists and 57 penalty minutes in 74 career NHL games with Rangers, Pittsburgh, Edmonton, New York Islanders and Washington. A native of Port Jefferson, New York, Chris was originally drafted by the New York Rangers as their fourth choice, 85th overall, in the 1992 Entry Draft.

Peter Ferraro, 31, appeared in 12 games with Sodertalje SK this season, recording two goals, one assist and six penalty minutes. Peter has played in 523 career AHL games with Binghamton (Rangers), Hartford, Providence, Portland and Springfield, recording 229 goals and 310 assists for 539 points, along with 1,102 penalty minutes. He has played in three AHL All-Star Classics (1997, 2001 and 2003).

Peter was a member of the 1994 U.S. Olympic team in Lillehammer, Norway, scoring six goals in eight games. He has led an AHL team in scoring six times, and won the Jack Butterfield Trophy as MVP of the Calder Cup Playoffs in 1999 with Providence. Peter was also named to the 1996 AHL First All-Star Team.

Peter has recorded nine goals, 15 assists and 58 penalty minutes in 92 career NHL games with Rangers, Pittsburgh, Boston and Washington. A native of Port Jefferson, New York, Peter was the first native New Yorker to be selected in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft when he was the New York Ranger’s first choice, 24th overall, in the 1992 Entry Draft.

Since 1990-91, the twin brothers have played on the same team 13 different times and were both members of the 1993 NCAA Champion Maine Black Bears as freshmen. In 2003, they were named co-captains of the PlanetUSA squad at the 2003 AHL All-Star Classic in Portland.