Monsters Sign Veteran Akim Aliu to PTO Contract
CLEVELAND – The AHL’s defending Calder Cup Champions, the Cleveland Monsters, proudly powered by Constellation, announced Sunday that veteran defenseman/forward Akim Aliu signed a 25-game professional tryout (PTO) contract with the team. In 13 ECHL appearances for the Florida Everblades and Atlanta Gladiators this season, Aliu posted 5-7-2 with 61 penalty minutes and a +5 rating.
A 6’4”, 225 lb. right-handed native of Okene, Nigeria, Aliu, 27, was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round (56th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. In seven career NHL appearances for the Calgary Flames spanning parts of two seasons from 2011-13, Aliu supplied 2-1-3 with 26 penalty minutes and a +1 rating.
In 232 career AHL appearances for the Rockford IceHogs, Chicago Wolves, Peoria Rivermen, Abbotsford Heat, Hamilton Bulldogs, Hartford Wolf Pack, Rochester Americans and Oklahoma City Barons spanning parts of eight seasons from 2008-15, Aliu contributed 44-27-71 with 404 penalty minutes and a -41 rating.
In 67 career ECHL appearances for the Toledo Walleye, Gwinnett Gladiators, Colorado Eagles, Bakersfield Condors, Florida and Atlanta spanning parts of five seasons from 2009-17, Aliu notched 26-35-61 with 153 penalty minutes and a -22 rating. Aliu additionally logged 2-5-7 with 52 penalty minutes and a -3 rating in 19 appearances for Amur Kohabarovsk in Russia’s KHL during the 2015-16 season and posted 1-0-1 with six penalty minutes and a -1 rating in two appearances in Sweden’s SHL during the 2013-14 season.
Prior to his professional career, Aliu accumulated 76-91-167 with 407 penalty minutes and a -4 rating in 205 OHL appearances for the Windsor Spitfires, Sudbury Wolves and London Knights spanning parts of four seasons from 2005-09.
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