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Two more forwards sign on

Forwards Dane Walters and Mike Towns have agreed to terms with the Toledo Walleye for the 2014-15 season.

Walters spent last season with the Elmira Jackals, appearing in 50 contests with 10 goals and 13 assists. The St. Paul, Minnesota native spent four years at Western Michigan University where he skated in a total of 144 games with 83 points (39G, 44A). As an assistant captain in 2011-12, the 25-year-old forward helped lead the Broncos to the CCHA Championship. He was named team captain for his senior season in 2012-13 and was awarded CCHA Best Defensive Forward award. The 6'0", 198 pound forward collected over 20 points in each of his last three years at Western Michigan. Prior to his colligate days, Walters spent two years in the USHL with Sioux Falls where he had 38 points (15G, 23A) and 143 penalty minutes over 111 games.

"Mike and Dane can be characterized as hard to play against," Head Coach Derek Lalonde said. "They will be big pieces of what we want our identity to be."

Towns played 40 games last year in Ontario, where he collected four goals, five assists and 67 penalty minutes for the Reign. The native of Surrey, British Columbia finished his 2012-13 year with the Idaho Steelheads posting five points (2G, 3A) and 82 penalty minutes. He also skated with the Denver Cutthroats of the Central Hockey League (60 penalty minutes in 34 games) and the Knoxville Ice Bears of the Southern Professional Hockey League (3A in five games). The 28-year-old forward set career highs in goals (9), assist (15) and points (24) in 2011-12 with the Ice Bears, while collecting 82 penalty minutes. Towns wore a letter as an assistant captain or captain in all four years he skated at Adrian College. In 103 total college contests, the 6'4", 220 pound forward posted 24 goals, 36 assists and 193 penalty minutes.