The San Diego Gulls have signed defensemen Chris Forney and Scott Moldenhauer to one-year contracts through the 2018-19 AHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
Forney, 23 (11/20/94), made his professional debut with San Diego in 2017-18, going scoreless in three games after signing an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO) on Mar. 14, 2018. The 6-2, 201-pound defenseman collected 14-35=49 points with a +34 rating and 62 penalty minutes (PIM) in 135 career games in four seasons at the University of Massachusetts Lowell (Hockey East). In his senior season for the River Hawks in 2017-18, Forney recorded 7-13=20 points in 35 games, setting career highs in goals and scoring. A native of Thief River Falls, Minn., Forney helped lead UMass-Lowell to the 2016-17 Hockey East Conference Championship after earning 4-11=15 points, including a goal in the Hockey East Championship Game.
Moldenhauer, 24 (5/9/94), completed his senior season at Western Michigan University of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) in 2017-18, collecting 1-9=10 points with 30 PIM in 32 games while serving as the Broncos captain. In four seasons at Western Michigan, the 6-4, 225-pound defenseman earned 7-26=33 points with 101 PIM in 140 games while helping the Broncos to a berth in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. A native of Oak Ridge, N.C., Moldenhauer was a four-time Academic All-NCHC selection and a three-time NCHC Distinguished Scholar.