The Grand Rapids Griffins on Thursday re-signed forward Alden Hirschfeld to a one-year contract and also signed forward Dominic Zombo and defenseman Derek Docken to one-year contracts.
Hirschfeld, 27, spent a majority of the 2014-15 season with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, where he ranked sixth on the team in scoring with 44 points (11-33—44) in 58 games, along with 21 penalty minutes and a plus-15 rating. He also made seven appearances with Toledo during the 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs, tallying one goal and four PIM while helping the Walleye advance to the Eastern Conference Finals versus the South Carolina Stingrays.
Hirschfeld has spent parts of the last two seasons with Grand Rapids, notching a goal and an assist in each of his campaigns with the team through a total of 25 games. The 6-foot-3, 203-pound center suited up for six games with the Griffins during the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs and scored the series-clinching goal against the Toronto Marlies on May 3 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Zombo, 24, recently finished his senior year at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and despite missing 10 games due to injury, he
potted five goals and nine assists in 29 contests. In March, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound forward received NCHC Academic All-Conference honors, marking the third consecutive season in which he earned an academic distinction. In four seasons with the Mavericks from 2011-15, Zombo amassed 86 points (36-50—86) and 101 PIM in 137 career games with UNO.
The Ballwin, Mo., native is the son of former Detroit defenseman Rick Zombo, who recorded 92 points (14-78—92) in 353 games with the Red Wings from 1984-92. In all, the elder Zombo put up 154 points (24-130—154) and 728 PIM in 652 career NHL games between Detroit, the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins.
Docken, 25, recently concluded his fourth season with the University of Alaska-Anchorage, notching a goal and three assists in 34 games. In 139 career games with the Seawolves from 2011-15, the 5-foot-11, 203-pound defenseman accumulated 24 points (6-18—24) and 63 PIM. On March 12, the Northfield, Minn., native was signed to an amateur tryout by the Springfield Falcons and went on to tally one goal in six games with the team toward the conclusion of its regular season.
Prior to his college career, Docken logged 59 games with the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints during the 2010-11 season and picked up 11 points (1-10—11), 41
PIM and a plus-23 rating. He also recorded one assist in 11 playoff games with the Fighting Saints en route to capturing the 2011 Clark Cup with the team.