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Former Griffs Gibbons and Bohrer sign pro hockey contracts


by Amy Moritz

Two more members of the recently graduated Canisius class signed professional hockey deals this week.

Kyle Gibbons signed with the Idaho Steelheads of the East Coast Hockey League while Ryan Bohrer signed with TSV Peissenberg, a team in Germany.

Gibbons played with the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL after the Griffs lost in the Atlantic Hockey championship game to Robert Morris. He finished his Canisius career ranked fourth in points in the program's Division I era (130) while his 57 career goals are second only to Cory Conacher.

He had one of the most successful collegiate careers for the Ice Griffs and was named the Atlantic Hockey Tournament MVP when Canisius captured its first title in 2013.

Alumni bragging rights will be on the line when Idaho opens its season Oct. 17 at Utah as Vinny Scarsella plans to return to the Grizzlies where he scored 13 goals with 26 assists last season.

Also in the ECHL next year is Taylor Law. The forward singed with the Indy Fuel last month.

Bohrer was the captain for the Golden Griffins last year. In 138 career games with the Ice Griffs, he finished with 33 points (13 goals, 20 assists). 

He is the second Canisius player from the Class of 2014 to sign internationally. Ben Danford, one of the best defenseman in program history, will play for Strasbourg in France.


About the reporter

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and covered the Bills from 1992 through 2014. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America.

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master's degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.