07/03/2014 7:55 AM
SPRINGFIELD FALCONS SIGN FREE AGENTS JAIME SIFERS, RILEY WETMORE AND MATHIEU CODERRE-GAGNON
Former AHL All-Star, Hockey East and Memorial Cup Champions set to join reigning Northeast Division Champs
SPRINGFIELD, MA --- The Springfield Falcons, American Hockey League affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets, have signed free agent forward Riley Wetmore as well as defensemen Jaime Sifers and Mathieu Coderre-Gagnon to one-year AHL contracts, club Director of Hockey Operations Bruce Landon announced today.
Wetmore, 24, has appeared in 41 career AHL games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, tallying four goals, eight assists, 12 points and 16 penalty minutes. He has also registered 2-3-5, 17 PIM in 15 career ECHL games with the Stockton Thunder.
A native of Swanson, Vermont, Wetmore spent four seasons (2009-13) with the UMass-Lowell River Hawks (Hockey East/NCAA), winning a conference championship and earning Second Team All-Star honors as a senior in 2012-13. He registered 50-61-111 in 152 career NCAA games. Prior to commencing his collegiate career, the 6-0, 195-pound center was a member of the Green Mountain Glades of the Eastern Junior Hockey League from 2005-09, tallying 63-102-165 in 139 appearances.
Sifers, 31, is a veteran of 327 career AHL contests with the Toronto Marlies, Houston Aeros and Chicago Wolves. The 5-11, 205-pound blueliner has also skated in 37 career NHL games with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Minnesota Wild. He has spent the past three seasons with Adler Mannheim of the German Elite League where he tallied 9-54-63 and a +32 plus/minus rating in 154 games played.
In 2009, Sifers competed in the AHL All-Star Game as a member of Team PlanetUSA. Prior to turning pro, the Stratford, Connecticut native spent four seasons with the University of Vermont (2002-06). He was named an ECAC Second Team All-Star in 2005 and captured All-Rookie Team honors for the conference in 2003.
Coderre-Gagnon, 21, split the 2013-14 campaign, his first as a professional, between Bridgeport (AHL) and Stockton (ECHL). The Montreal, Quebec native recorded 14 PIM and an even plus/minus rating in seven appearances with the Sound Tigers and 1-2-3, 136 PIM in 43 games played with the Thunder during his rookie season.
As an overage junior player in 2012-13, Coderre-Gagnon appeared in 28 games with the Shawinigan Cataractes of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and 35 games with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Whitecourt Wolverines. He led the AJHL in penalty minutes with 259. In 2012, the 6-2, 215-pound rearguard won a Canadian Hockey League Memorial Cup championship as a member of the Cataractes alongside current Falcons forward Michael Chaput.