Glens Falls, NY (NNCNOW.com) --- Two Harbors, Minn. native and former Duluth East defenseman Zack FitzGerald has signed a one-year contract with Adirondack of the American Hockey League (AHL), the team announced on Friday.
Fitzgerald also played with the Phantoms in the 2012-13 season, a year in which he became one of the club's most popular players among fans.
"Immediately people here were on my side and they accepted me into the team," said FitzGerald. "And they even went above and beyond. Some people were making signs and t-shirts and all this twitter stuff. I actually couldn't really believe it. That's a big reason why I wanted to come back. They make hockey that much more fun for me. So it was an easy decision to come back."
FitzGerald finished with one goal and four assists in 36 games this past winter with Adirondack, and he enters his ninth year of professional hockey having totaled 11 goals and 37 assists across 409 AHL contests.
The team also announced Friday its plans to host a "Zack Fitzgerald Tribute Night" due to the 28-year-old's popularity, with exact details to be released at a later date.
Fitzgerald, the brother of former UMD forward Rusty Fitzgerald, was a third round draft pick of the St. Louis Blues in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut on Feb. 5, 2008 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks.