CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte Checkers
head coach and general manager Jeff Daniels
announced today the team has signed forward Justin Soryal to a one-year, one-way American Hockey League contract.
Soryal, 25, completed his first year with the Checkers in 2011-12, recording 10 points (4g, 6a) and leading the team with 164 penalty minutes in 60 games. The fifth-year pro from Newmarket, Ontario has 15 goals, 20 assists (35 points) and 657 penalty minutes in 249 career AHL games.
Soryal played all four seasons of his junior career with the Ontario Hockey League's Peterborough Petes
, helping the team capture the 2005-06 OHL Championship. He notched 99 points (46g, 53a) and 455 penalty minutes in 201 games with the Petes. Soryal was signed as a free agent by the New York Rangers
in 2008 and by the Carolina Hurricanes
on July 2, 2011.