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COYOTES RE-SIGN SPINA, HOGGAN AND SULLIVAN

Mesa native Spina returns for third season with organization

Monday, 07.20.2009 / 5:35 PM / News
Arizona Coyotes
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Monday, July 20, 2009

GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have re-signed forwards David Spina and Jeff Hoggan and defenseman Sean Sullivan to contracts. As per club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Spina, 26, led the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League (AHL) in scoring last season with 16-38-54 in 63 games. His 38 assists also led the team. In two seasons with the Rampage, Phoenix’s AHL affiliate, Spina has registered 37-67-104 and 90 PIM in 139 games. He also collected three goals in seven postseason games during the 2008 Calder Cup playoffs.

Spina, a native of Mesa, Arizona, played hockey in the Phoenix Junior Roadrunners program prior to his collegiate and professional career. He later attended Red Mountain High School in Mesa for a year before playing junior hockey for the Texas Tornadoes of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) and spending a season with the U.S. National Development Program. Spina then played four seasons at Boston College, where he tallied 49-54-103 in 138 games. He was named to the 2001-02 Hockey East All-Rookie Team as he collected 13-13-26 in 36 games as a freshman.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Spina has recorded 63-100-163 and 208 PIM in 275 career AHL games with San Antonio, Springfield and Utah.

Hoggan, 31, recorded 22-13-35 and 64 PIM in 60 games for San Antonio last season to lead the team in goals while also serving as team captain. He also collected one assist while appearing in four games with the Coyotes.

Hoggan played in 71 games for the Providence Bruins (AHL) in 2007-08 and recorded 29-31-60 and 59 PIM, along with a league-leading +39 rating. The 6-foot, 190-pound Hoggan has appeared in 103 career NHL games with St. Louis, Boston and the Coyotes, recording 2-9-11 and 74 PIM. In 342 career AHL games with Houston, Worcester, Providence and San Antonio, the native of Hope, British Columbia has collected 98-80-178 and 338 PIM. In 2003, he registered 1-2-3 and 23 PIM in 14 playoff games for Houston as they captured the Calder Cup.

Sullivan, 25, recorded 9-23-32 and 24 PIM in 65 games with San Antonio last season to lead all Rampage defensemen in scoring. In parts of three seasons with San Antonio, Sullivan has registered 9-31-40 and 37 PIM in 106 games. He also collected 9-16-25 and 19 PIM in 22 games with the Arizona Sundogs of the Central Hockey League (CHL) during the 2007-08 season.

Prior to his professional career, the Boston, Massachusetts native played four seasons with Boston University, recording 9-34-43. Sullivan was a 2007 Hockey East First Team All-Star and received the league’s Old Time Hockey Best Defensive Defenseman award while also serving as team captain. He was drafted by the Coyotes in the 9th round (272nd overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
 
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