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GRIFFINS ADD QUARTET TO ROSTER


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins, primary affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, on Friday announced the signings of left wing John Vigilante to a standard player’s contract, defenseman Brett Peterson to a two-way contract with ECHL Toledo, defenseman Justin DaCosta to a two-way contract with IHL Muskegon, and right wing Mike Walsh to a professional tryout.

Vigilante, 24, played a career-high 76 AHL games between Syracuse (52) and Quad City (24) in 2008-09, tallying the same offensive totals for each team (7-8—15) for a season total of 30 points (14-16—30). The Dearborn, Mich., native played his first two AHL seasons in Milwaukee, highlighted by a 2007-08 campaign in which he placed fourth on the Admirals in both assists (31) and points (46) through 73 games. In 2006-07, Vigilante tallied 27 points (8-19—27) in 62 contests to finish second among Admirals rookies in scoring.

Prior to his pro career, he played four years with Plymouth of the Ontario Hockey League, where he captained the Whalers to a West Division title and was named the team’s most valuable player in 2005-06. Vigilante currently stands among the Whalers’ all-time leaders in games played (254, 3rd), goals (93, 10th), assists (153, 6th), points (246, 7th) and game-winning goals (24, 1st).

Peterson, 27, skated in an AHL career-high 18 games with Grand Rapids during 2008-09, notching his first AHL point with an assist on Feb. 22 vs. San Antonio. Now entering his sixth professional campaign, the defenseman also made his Calder Cup playoff debut with the Griffins last season, earning an assist in his lone postseason appearance.

In addition to making his Griffins debut last season, the Northborough, Mass., native logged two games with IHL Flint before skating in 39 contests for ECHL Phoenix, tallying 15 points (3-12—15) and 76 penalty minutes with the Roadrunners.

DaCosta, 24, comes to the Griffins from the University of New Brunswick, where he totaled 52 points (21-31—52) through 77 games over a three-year college career. Last season, he also logged 10 playoff contests for the CHL’s Colorado Eagles upon the conclusion of his collegiate campaign.

In 2005-06, the Mississauga, Ontario, native capped off his four-year OHL career by leading his hometown IceHogs’ defensemen in assists (32) and points (42), while standing second among team blueliners with 10 goals in 57 games.

Walsh, 26, has spent portions of the last three seasons with the Griffins, totaling five points (4-1—5) and 12 PIM in 29 contests. Last season, he logged personal AHL highs with 15 games, three goals, one assist, four points and 10 PIM for Grand Rapids, while also posting 35 points (13-22—35) in 49 contests with ECHL Utah.

Now entering his fourth pro season, the Royal Oak, Mich., native played four years at Notre Dame, serving as alternate captain during his junior and senior seasons (2004-06).
 

JOHN VIGILANTE  *  Left Wing

(vih-juh-LAN-tee)

Height
: 6'0"     Weight: 200     Shoots: Left     Born: 5/24/85 in Dearborn, Mich.
 
      Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
2001-02 U.S. National Team NAHL U-18 37 14 10 24 33 -- -- -- -- --
2002-03 Plymouth OHL 65 15 24 39 31 18 6 3 9 8
2003-04 Plymouth OHL 66 30 38 68 25 9 1 7 8 8
2004-05 Plymouth OHL 68 24 38 62 17 4 0 0 0 0
2005-06 Plymouth OHL 55 24 53 77 34 13 4 12 16 0
2006-07 Milwaukee AHL 62 8 19 27 10 2 0 0 0 2
2007-08 Milwaukee AHL 73 15 31 46 12 6 0 1 1 0
2008-09 Syracuse AHL 52 7 8 15 14 -- -- -- -- --
  Quad City AHL 24 7 8 15 2 -- -- -- -- --
  AHL/PRO TOTALS 211 37 66 103 38 8 0 1 1 2


BRETT PETERSON  *  Defenseman

Height
: 6'0"     Weight: 215     Shoots: Left     Born: 10/21/81 in Northborough, Mass.
 
      Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
2000-01 Boston College HE 41 1 6 7 34 -- -- -- -- --
2001-02 Boston College HE 38 2 5 7 49 -- -- -- -- --
2002-03 Boston College HE 36 5 4 9 16 -- -- -- -- --
2003-04 Boston College HE 42 0 5 5 36 -- -- -- -- --
2004-05 Atlantic City ECHL 56 3 6 9 41 -- -- -- -- --
  Johnstown ECHL 13 1 3 4 8 -- -- -- -- --
2005-06 Johnstown ECHL 72 5 19 24 69 5 1 0 1 4
2006-07 Florida ECHL 68 8 15 23 115 16 1 2 3 24
2007-08 Florida ECHL 69 4 10 14 101 2 1 0 1 0
  Albany AHL 3 0 0 0 2 -- -- -- -- --
2008-09 Flint IHL 2 1 0 1 2 -- -- -- -- --
  Phoenix ECHL 39 3 12 15 76 -- -- -- -- --
  Grand Rapids AHL 18 0 1 1 4 1 0 1 1 0
  GRIFFINS TOTALS 18 0 1 1 4 1 0 1 1 0
  AHL TOTALS  21 0 1 1 6 1 0 1 1 0
  PRO TOTALS  340 25 66 91 418 24 3 3 6 28


JUSTIN DaCOSTA  *  Defenseman

Height
: 5'10"     Weight: 190     Shoots: Right     Born: 5/10/85 in Mississauga, Ontario
 
      Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
2001-02 Brampton OPJHL 43 3 16 19 46 -- -- -- -- --
2002-03 Barrie OHL 47 0 4 4 19 -- -- -- -- --
2003-04 Barrie OHL 9 1 2 3 4 -- -- -- -- --
  Owen Sound OHL 30 3 5 8 6 4 0 1 1 0
2004-05 Owen Sound OHL 23 1 5 6 18 -- -- -- -- --
  Mississauga OHL 46 3 18 21 36 4 0 0 0 2
2005-06 Mississauga OHL 57 10 32 42 98 -- -- -- -- --
2006-07 New Brunswick CIS 28 6 10 16 24 -- -- -- -- --
2007-08 New Brunswick CIS 26 8 14 22 10 -- -- -- -- --
2008-09 New Brunswick CIS 23 7 7 14 8 -- -- -- -- --
  Colorado CHL -- -- -- -- -- 10 0 0 0 5
  PRO TOTALS -- -- -- -- -- 10 0 0 0 5


MIKE WALSH  *  Right Wing

Height
: 6'2"     Weight: 218     Shoots: Left     Born: 1/12/83 in Royal Oak, Mich.
Drafted: NY Rangers' 4th choice, 143rd overall, in 2002 NHL Entry Draft
 
      Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
2002-03 Notre Dame CCHA 23 1 1 2 14 -- -- -- -- --
2003-04 Notre Dame CCHA 39 12 13 25 46 -- -- -- -- --
2004-05 Notre Dame CCHA 36 2 8 10 43 -- -- -- -- --
2005-06 Notre Dame CCHA 36 10 7 17 42 -- -- -- -- --
2006-07 Toledo ECHL 66 14 26 40 58 3 0 0 0 0
  Grand Rapids AHL 5 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2007-08 Dayton ECHL 53 12 13 25 53 2 0 0 0 0
  Grand Rapids AHL 9 1 0 1 2 -- -- -- -- --
2008-09 Utah ECHL 49 13 22 35 36 5 0 4 4 0
  Grand Rapids AHL 15 3 1 4 10 -- -- -- -- --
  GRIFFINS/AHL TOTALS  29 4 1 5 12 -- -- -- -- --
  PRO TOTALS  197 43 62 105 159 10 0 4 4 0

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