The “future considerations’’ part of the Alaska Aces’s recent trade of center Bobby Hughes to ECHL Fort Wayne dropped today, when the Aces announced they have received the rights to forward Jean-Michel Rizk.
Rizk, 27, last season in 66 games for the Komets furnished 19-15—34 totals and a -4 rating. Fort Wayne did not make the Kelly Cup playoffs. Rizk also played five games last season for the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals.
Two seasons ago, Rizk helped the Komets win the Central Hockey League championship -- that club included a couple of guys who played last season for the Aces in defenseman Dustin Molle of Anchorage and winger Tommy Mele. Rizk went 20-11—31 in 55 regular-season games, then turned it up to 7-7—14 totals in 18 playoff games.
He’ll be a third-year pro. Rizk played five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League – NHL Minnesota made him a seventh-round draft pick in 2004 – and then went on to play four seasons of Canadian college hockey at Wilfrid Laurier University.
He’s a 6-1, 195-pounder who shoots right.
Look for more on this move by the Aces in Saturday’s dead-trees edition of the ADN.