The Syracuse Crunch have announced the signing of forwards Ty Loney and Troy Bourke to AHL contracts. The two forwards will provide depth to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s AHL affiliate.
Ty Loney is listed at 6’3” and 205 pounds. The 25 year old plays right wing and is right handed. He went undrafted and played for the University of Denver for four seasons after spending a season plus in the USHL. At the end of his senior year, Loney played five games for the Norfolk Admirals in the AHL. He split the next two seasons between the AHL and the ECHL with 55 games and 16 points in the AHL and 64 games in the ECHL with 58 points. He played in 36 games for the Adirondack Thunder last season with 18 goals and 40 points. The Thunder are the Lightning’s unofficial ECHL partner. Loney is also the son of two-time Stanley Cup winner Troy Loney.
Troy Bourke comes to the Crunch from the San Antonio Rampage where he spent the past two seasons, aside from a nine game stint and playoff run with the Fort Wayne Comets of the ECHL in 2015-16. Originally a 2012 third-round draft pick by the Colorado Avalanche, he signed with the Avs after finishing his WHL career with the Prince George Cougars. He was set to become a restricted free-agent this off-season but Colorado did not tender him a qualifying offer making him an unrestricted free-agent.
Bourke has played in 206 AHL games and has 23 goals and 62 points. He set a career high in the AHL last season with 24 points in 74 games. Listed at 5’10” and 174 pounds, Bourke is a smaller forward that can play left wing and center.
With both players signed to AHL contracts, the Lightning will have the option of playing them with the Syracuse Crunch or placing them in the ECHL, presumably with the Adirondack Thunder. There are a couple of potential spots at the bottom of the forward line-up as well as press box seats up for grabs. Both players will be able to join the Syracuse Crunch camp and compete for those spots. Otherwise, they’ll be available for injury replacement duty while playing in the ECHL. The signing of both represent essential replacements on the depth chart for Cam Darcy and Brian Hart after they were bought out and released earlier in training camp.