March 26, 2014
Ray Schmitt
Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations
Elmira Jackals/First Arena
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Elmira Jackals Announce Multiple Transactions  
ELMIRA, N.Y. - March 26, 2014 - The Elmira Jackals announced today that the club has signed defenseman Randy Cure and goaltender Tony Capobianco. Additionally, the team announced that Ben Danford has been loaned to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, Jake Trask has been suspended by the club, Jordan Ciccarello has been released from his contract, Danny Hobbs has been loaned from Binghamton and Jakub Culek was reassigned by Ottawa to Binghamton.

Cure, 23, joins Elmira following the conclusion of his collegiate career at Mercyhurst University. The 6-foot-3 205-pound blueliner set career highs in games played (41), assists (8), points (8) and penalty minutes (32) this season with the Lakers. The Bloomington, Minnesota native skated in 113 career NCAA games and recorded 11 points and 72 penalty minutes. Prior to his collegiate career, Cure split two seasons in the North American Hockey League with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs and the Springfield Jr. Blues. He notched five goals, 23 points and 88 penalty minutes in 77 NAHL games.

Click here for Randy Cure's player profile.

Capobianco, 24, joins the Jackals following the completion of his senior season at Canisius College. The 6-foot-2 190-pound goaltender posted a 39-47-10 record in his four-year career at Canisius. Capobianco went 13-14-2 with a 2.88 goals-against-average and a .913 save percentage in 30 games this season. The Mississauga, Ontario native recorded his best statistical season in 2012-13 and helped Canisius win the American Hockey Association championship. He went 18-19-4 with a 2.40 goals-against-average and a .929 save percentage in 41 games for the Golden Griffins.

Click here for Tony Capobianco's player profile.

Danford, 24, signed a contract with Elmira yesterday and was loaned to Manchester the same day. The Stillwater, Minnesota native played 158 NCAA games at Canisius College and notched 84 points (10 goals, 74 assists). Danford led the Golden Griffins' defensemen in scoring each of his four seasons. He played an integral role in Canisius' AHA championship last season. Prior to attending Canisius, Danford split three seasons in the NAHL between Southern Minnesota, Motor City, North Iowa and Bismarck. He helped Bismarck win the NAHL Robertson Cup championship in 2009-10.

Click here for Ben Danford's player profile.

Trask, 22, notched two goals and six points in 18 games for the Jackals. He started the season with the Louisiana IceGators of the Southern Professional Hockey League and posted 11 goals and 25 points in 29 games. Last season Trask earned four points in 15 games with the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League. Prior to turning pro, Trask recorded 161 points (76 goals, 85 assists) in 266 games split between the Kamloops Blazers and the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League.

Ciccarello, 23, skated in four games with the Jackals and recorded his first professional goal on March 21 against Cincinnati. The two-time captain at Nazareth College (NCAA-III) played in 44 games for the Golden Flyers. Ciccarello notched seven goals and 21 points at Nazareth. The New Hartford, Connecticut native transferred to Nazareth from Sacred Heart University where he posted four points in 27 games.

Hobbs returns to Elmira after his second American Hockey League stint of the season. Hobbs helped the B-Sens go 4-0-0 and reclaim first place in the East Division during his call up from March 14 to March 21. He was held without a point in those games and now has two (1 goal, 1 assist) in six AHL games. A second-year pro out of UMass, Hobbs is second on the Jackals with 16 goals and has 18 points (8 goals, 10 assists) in his last 18 games for the club.

Culek heads to Binghamton for the second time this season. He started the year in the AHL and logged four shots in two games for the B-Sens before coming to Elmira. With the Jackals the 6-foot-3 rookie from Plzen, Czech Republic has 30 points (8 goals, 22 assists) to lead all first-year skaters on the team.

Mark your calendars! The Jackals return to home ice on Saturday, March 29 to take on the Reading Royals. Join us for the inaugural Pink In the Rink presented by Wine and Design. Order tickets using the "PINK" promo code to have $2 from each ticket donated to Susan G. Komen Twin Tiers Region. Don't forget that groups of 10 or more who book in advance receive discounts off the box office price and preferred seating based on availability. Call 607-734-7825 to get your group outing booked.

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