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by Amy Moritz

Ryan Rashid is headed back to Elmira.

The Niagara University forward signed with the Jackals last year after the Purple Eagles ended their run in the Atlantic Hockey semifinals.

The club announced Tuesday that Rashid had signed a Standard Player Contract for the upcoming season.

Rashid had two goals and two assists in six games with Elmira last year. He completed his collegiate career at Niagara with 88 points (38 goals, 50 assists) in 142 games.

Elmira is the ECHL affiliate for the Rochester Americans and Buffalo Sabres.

"Ryan is a talented young man with an impressive blend of size and speed," Jackals head coach Jamie Russell said in the team's press release. "He plays with hunger and passion, which are two core attributes that we require of our men. Ryan had a very strong ECHL debut last season. We anticipate that he will develop into one of the league's top forwards this season."