News | 11/25/2011 12:09:14 PM | ROCHESTER AMERICANS

The Rochester Americans announced today that the team has recalled forward Riley Boychuk from the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL. In addition, the Amerks have signed forward Evan Rankin of the Toledo Walleye (ECHL) to a professional tryout.

Boychuk, 20, began the season with Rochester and recorded one assist in nine games before being assigned to Gwinnett on November 16.  In four games with the Gladiators, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Boychuk has registered two points (1+1) and 12 penalty minutes.  A native of Abbotsford, BC, Boychuk was the Sabres’ seventh round pick (208th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. In four seasons with the Portland Winterhawks (WHL), Boychuk accumulated 83 points (39+44) and 391 penalty minutes in 194 games.

Rankin, 25, has appeared in 15 games for Toledo this season, recording 18 points (10+8) and six penalty minutes to lead the team in scoring and rank tied for 10th in ECHL scoring.  In 143 career ECHL games with Toledo, Rankin has collected 130 points on 65 goals and 65 assists.  The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Rankin, a native of Portage, Michigan, has also appeared in 14 career AHL games with the Grand Rapids Griffins and played four seasons of collegiate hockey at Notre Dame from 2004 to 2008.

The Amerks play the first of two home games this weekend when they host the Albany Devils tonight at The Blue Cross Arena at 7:35 p.m.  On Saturday, Rochester returns to action at 7:35 p.m. when the Hamilton Bulldogs visit The Blue Cross Arena.  For more information or to purchase tickets, call 1-855-GO-AMERKS or visit