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Manitoba signs pair to AHL contracts

The Manitoba Moose announced Wednesday they have agreed to terms with forwards John Albert and Ben Walker on American Hockey League contracts.


Albert, 26, had 42 points (16 goals, 26 assists) in 66 games for the St. John’s IceCaps last season. The Cleveland, Ohio native has spent the past four seasons with the IceCaps where he has registered 119 points (56 goals, 63 assists) in 217 games. Albert was drafted in the sixth round (No. 175) by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2007 NHL Draft. He played nine games for the Jets during the 2013-14 season where he registered one goal.
Walker, 22, recorded four points (one goal, three assists) and 27 penalty minutes in 36 games for the IceCaps in his first year of pro hockey last season. The Edina, Minn. native recorded 140 points (51 goals, 89 assists) in 176 games over three seasons with the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League. Walker was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the IceCaps prior to the 2014-15 season.