The Alaska Aces this morning delivered news -- two wingers have re-signed with the ECHL team.
The Aces announced that wingers Evan Trupp of Anchorage and Andy Taranto, the former UAF sniper, have signed for the upcoming season.
Trupp and Taranto were both late-season pick-ups last season. Trupp, 25, came in a trade with Bakersfield and Taranto, 25, came after UAF's season ended.
Both are top-six forwards, which means they'll also rack power-play time.
Trupp went 2-6--8 in 10 regular-season games with the Aces and 2-3--5 in 11 playoff games. Taranto had an assist in two regular-season games and 3-2--5 totals in six playoff games before an injury shut him down.
Both enjoyed stellar college careers. Trupp bagged 108 points in 157 games at North Dakota and Taranto racked 120 points in 146 games.
Taranto, by the way, will play for the Calgary Flames' squad (Calgary is Alaska's NHL affiliate) in the Young Stars Classic hosted by the Vancouver Canucks in Penticton, B.C., this week.
All five players the Aces have announced as signed for the upcoming season are returners. Previously announced were defensemen Kane Lafranchise and Sean Curry, and winger Jordan Kremyr.
Check for more on these developments in Friday's dead-trees edition of the ADN.