Winnipeg, MB – The Manitoba Moose Hockey Club announced today the team has signed defencemen Kirill Gotovets and Chris Dienes to one-year contracts.
Gotovets, 26, played the 2016-17 season in the KHL, with Minsk Dynamo, where he tallied six points (1G, 5A) in 24 games. The Minsk, Belarus product has AHL experience, playing the entirety of the 2015-16 campaign for the Rockford IceHogs and picking up 16 points (2G, 14A) in 62 games. In 2014-15, Gotovets split time between the AHL and ECHL, playing 12 games with Rockford and 47 with the Indy Fuel. A seventh round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2009, Gotovets played 112 NCAA games with Cornell University (ECAC), totaling 19 points (3G, 16A). Internationally, Gotovets has appeared in the IIHF World Championship four times (2010, 2011, 2014 and 2016) with Belarus.
Dienes, 24, completed a four season career at Western Michigan University (NCHC) last season, posting five points (3G, 2A) in 21 games. During his NCAA career, Dienes amassed 41 points (11G, 30A) in 127 games. The Traverse City, Mich. native was named to the NCHC All-Academic Team in all four of his collegiate seasons. Following the completion of the 2016-17 campaign at Western Michigan, Dienes appeared in five games with the ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder, where he registered two assists.
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Born Jun 25 1991 — Minsk, Belarus
Height 5.11 — Weight 196
Born May 11 1993 — Traverse City, Mich.
Height 6.03 — Weight 195