The Milwaukee Admirals have announced the signing of defenseman Rick Pinkston to a one-year AHL contract for the 2017-18 season. This completes the hat trick for the Admirals as far as bringing back players that stayed with the team on a lengthy run under a professional-try contract basis. Derek Army and Stephen Perfetto both signed with the Admirals on AHL contracts in the past week.
Press Release via Milwaukee Admirals:
Milwaukee, WI—The Admirals have signed defenseman Rick Pinkston to an American Hockey League contract for the 2017-18 season.
Pinkston played 20 games for the Admirals last season, joining the team in late December. In those contests he tallied a pair of assists, a +3 rating and 22 penalty minutes. Prior to signing with the Ads, Pinkston had ten points (2g-8a) in 27 games split between the Allen Americans and Manchester Monarchs of the ECHL. In 2016 he had four assists during the post-season while helping the Americans capture the ECHL Title.
The Trenton, MI native played four seasons of college hockey at Dartmouth, following three years with the Tri-City Storm of the USHL.
Pinkston and the Admirals will kick off the 2017-18 campaign in Iowa against the Wild on Oct. 7. They will begin the home portion of the schedule on Friday, October 20th at 7 pm against the Hershey Bears at Panther Arena.
Individual tickets for next season will go on sale at a future date. However, season tickets for 2017-18 are on sale now and start for as little as $135. For more information, or to purchase season tickets, fans should visit www.milwaukeeadmirals.com or call the Admirals office at (414) 227-0550.
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Pinkston is a 26-year old left-shooting defenseman that arrived to the Admirals on a PTO basis from the Manchester Monarchs of the ECHL. Prior to that, he was actually traded at the start of the season by the Allen Americans where he had won the 2016 ECHL Kelly Cup. In total, Pinkston recorded a combined 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists) in 47 games during his 2016-17 season with the Admirals, Monarchs, and Americans.
In Pinkston’s career he has played 32 games in the AHL and 72 games in the ECHL following a four-year collegiate career at Dartmouth. Given the current state of the Admirals AHL defensive group it is most likely that Pinkston’s season will begin with the Norfolk Admirals in the ECHL.
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