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IceHogs sign Lebda to tryout

September 21, 2012

The Rockford IceHogs on Friday signed veteran defenseman Brett Lebda to a professional tryout contract.

The IceHogs also announced the team’s training camp roster, which includes 34 players. Training camp opens on Sunday, Sept. 30 at the BMO Harris Bank Center.

Lebda, 30, has appeared in 397 career NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets, totaling 20 goals and 56 assists for 76 points. The Buffalo Grove, Ill., native was a member of the 2008 Stanley Cup champion Red Wings, skating in 78 regular-season and 19 postseason contests.

The blueliner has also participated in 137 AHL tilts with the Grand Rapids Griffins and Springfield Falcons, amassing seven goals and 52 assists. Last season, Lebda recorded one goal and nine assists in 26 AHL games with Springfield, along with one goal and three assists in 30 games with Columbus.

Joining Lebda on a tryout basis for Rockford’s training camp include forwards Chris DeSousa, Travis Novak and Jake Trask.

The following is a list of players on Rockford’s training camp roster:

Forwards (21): Kyle Beach, Brandon Bollig, Terry Broadhurst, Wade Brookbank, Chris DeSousa, Rob Flick, Byron Froese, David Gilbert, Jimmy Hayes, Marcus Kruger, Peter LeBlanc, Jeremy Morin, Travis Novak, Philippe Paradis, Brandon Pirri, Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw, Ben Smith, Martin St. Pierre, Brandon Svendsen and Jake Trask

Defensemen (9): Adam Clendening, Klas Dahlbeck, Shawn Lalonde, Joe Lavin, Brett Lebda, Nick Leddy, Dylan Olsen, Ryan Stanton and Ben Youds

Goalies (4): Mac Carruth, Carter Hutton, Alec Richards and Kent Simpson