The Stockton Heat announced Oct. 21 that they have signed defensemen Rob Hamilton and Zac Leslie, as well as forwards Alex Gallant and Mark Simpson, to AHL deals for the 2020-21 season.

Hamilton, a native of Calgary, Alberta, enters his third season in Stockton after recording four goals and 14 assists for 18 points in 50 games during the 2019-20 season. The defenseman led Stockton last season with a plus-14 rating. Through 104 games over two seasons with Stockton, Hamilton ranks fourth all-time among Heat defensemen with 47 points.

Leslie, a native of Ottawa, Ontario, enters his second season in Stockton after posting five goals and 23 assists for 28 points in 50 games during the 2019-20 season. The defenseman, who set career highs in assists and points last year despite a shortened campaign, led all Heat blueliners in scoring and also became the first Heat defenseman to record four assists in one game, registering four helpers on Dec. 27 at San Jose.

Gallant, a native of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, enters his second season with the Stockton Heat after posting eight points with five goals and three assists in 2019-20. The fifth-year forward also added 102 penalty minutes in 43 games last season.

Simpson, a native of Rothesay, New Brunswick, will begin his professional career following a four-year stint with the University of New Brunswick. The center recorded 77 points with 32 goals and 45 assists in 109 games with the Reds, including eight goals and 13 assists in 2019-20, while helping lead the Reds to a pair of USports University Cup crowns in his four-year tenure. Simpson also tallied 124 points (45g, 79a) in 168 games in the QMJHL, split between the Moncton Wildcats and Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

– Stockton Heat