Minnesota inks defensemen Fraser, Sifers

fraser-head_200.jpgMinnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club, affiliate to the AHL’s Houston Aeros, has signed defensemen Jamie Fraser and Jaime Sifers to one-year contracts.

Fraser, 23 (11/17/85), played one game with the New York Islanders in 2008-09, making his NHL debut April 4 versus Tampa Bay.

Fraser posted 21 points (7-14=21) and 30 penalty minutes (PIM) in 66 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League (AHL), and shows 59 points (21-38-59) in 181 career AHL games for Bridgeport and Syracuse.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound native of Sarnia, Ont., played junior hockey with the Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL) Brampton Battalion and Sarnia Sting.

He was originally signed by the Islanders on Feb. 22, 2007.

sifers-head_200.jpgSifers, 26 (1/18/83), recorded two assists and 18 PIM in 23 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2008-09 season.

He also posted 20 points (4-16=20) and 47 PIM in 43 games for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies and participated in the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic.

Sifers has registered 58 points (14-44-58) in 205 career AHL games, all with the Marlies.

The 5-foot-11, 210-pound native of Stratford, Conn., played collegiately at the University of Vermont, where he was an ECAC Second All-Star Team selection in 2005. Sifers was signed as a free agent by Toronto on July 20, 2006.