D Ryan Rehill of the Kamloops Blazers has signed an amateur tryout (ATO) with the Albany Devils, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils.
New Jersey selected Rehill, 20, in the fifth round, 131st overall, in the NHL’s 2014 draft but has yet to sign him to an NHL contract. He has used up his junior hockey eligibility.
Rehill, from Edmonton, is expected to stay with Albany through the end of the regular season and the playoffs.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Rehill enjoyed his best of four seasons with the Blazers, putting up career highs in goals (10), assists (29) and points (39) in 63 games. He played in all situations, including the power-play and penalty-killing units.
In 249 career games, he had 82 points, including 21 goals, and 508 penalty minutes.
This season, Rehill added two goals and three assists as the Blazers lost a seven-game first-round series to the Kelowna Rockets. That series ended on Tuesday, freeing up Rehill to join Albany.
At the end of the regular season, Rehill won team awards as the beset defenceman and for inspiration, leadership and ability.
Rehill was a sixth-round selection by the Blazers in the 2010 WHL bantam draft.
Former Blazers F C.J. Stretch has signed a one-year contract with Löwen Frankfurt (Germany, DEL2).
This season, with Starbulls Rosenheim (Germany, DEL2), he finished eighth in the league’s scoring race with 62 points, including 26 goals, in 50 games.
Stretch, 26, is from Irvine, Calif.
He played five seasons (2005-10) with the Blazers, putting up 248 points, 85 of them goals, in 341 regular-season games. He also had 19 points, including five goals, in 16 playoff games.
This was his first season in Europe after spending five seasons playing in the ECHL and the AHL. In 179 AHL games, he has 80 points, including 28 goals. In 152 ECHL games, he scored 58 goals and added 76 assists.
D Bronson Maschmeyer, who played three seasons (2009-12) with the Blazers, has signed to play next season in Germany with the Fischtown Pinguins, a DEL2 side that plays out of Bremerhaven.
Maschmeyer, 24, was acquired by the Blazers prior to the 2009-10 season after he had played one season with the Vancouver Giants. He didn’t miss a game with the Blazers, finishing with 116 points, including 30 goals, in 216 games. He also had eight points, two of them goals, in 48 games with Vancouver.
He has played the past four seasons with the St. Francis Xavier X-Men, who lost out in the CIS championship final this season. In 109 regular-season games, he had 44 points, including 12 goals.
He is the older brother of Emerance Maschmeyer, one of the goaltenders on Canada’s national women’s team.
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