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Florida Panthers re-sign Brett Olson to two-way contract

Brett Olson, left, skates with the puck during a game last season for the San Antonio Rampage. The Florida Panthers re-signed Olson to two-way contract and he will play this coming season for the Portland (Maine) Pirates. (Photo courtesy of the San Antonio Rampage and the Portland Pirates)

By Jeff Mannix

Portland Pirates

PORTLAND, ME — Former Superior Spartan Brett Olson has signed a one-year, two way NHL contract with the Florida Panthers.

Olson will play for the Portland Pirates, the Panthers’ new AHL affiliate. Olson played last year for the San Antonio Rampage.

Olson, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound center, played in all 76 regular season games with the Rampage last season, his first in the Panthers organization. He scored 14 goals and added a career-high 31 assists for a total of 45 points, also a career high. He also finished the season with 58 penalty minutes and a plus-11 rating as he helped the Rampage win the AHL’s West Division title.

In three Calder Cup Playoff games with San Antonio, Olson notched an assist.

Prior to signing a one-year, two-way deal with Florida last season, Olson played two seasons (2012-14) for the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat, recording 62 points (25 goals, 37 assists) and 69 penalty minutes in 145 career games.

Before turning pro, he played four seasons of NCAA Division I men’s hockey with the Michigan Tech University Huskies and was their captain in both his junior and senior seasons. He twice earned WCHA All-Academic Team honors and finished his collegiate career with 42 goals and 51 assists.

The Pirates begin their first season as the top affiliate of the Panthers in 2015-16. The Pirates 23rd AHL home opener is set for Saturday, Oct. 17 at Cross Insurance Arena.

NOTES: Olson was a member of the SHS Spartans’ state championship team in 2005. … Jeff Mannix is the broadcasting director and voice of the Portland Pirates. … More information may be found at portlandpirates.com.

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