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Former RoughRider Miskovic signs with NHL’s Capitals

Former Cedar Rapids RoughRiders defenseman Zach Miskovic has signed a one-year entry level contract with the NHL’s Washington Capitals, it was announced Thursday. The contract is for the 2009-10 season.

Miskovic was a first-team ECAC Hockey defenseman this season and is considered an all-American candidate. He played 154 career games for St. Lawrence University in upstate New York, not missing any. This season, his senior season, he had 17 goals and 26 points in 39 games. The 17 goals led NCAA Division I rearguards.

Miskovic is a River Forest, Ill., native. He played for Cedar Rapids for three seasons, from 2002 through 2005. His contract with Washington doesn’t begin until next season, though he will join the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears for the rest of this season on a amateur tryout contract.

“Nothing Misky has done has surprised me,” said RoughRiders head coach/general Mark Carlson. “Other people might be surprised, but I’m not.”

Zach Miskovic

Zach Miskovic

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Bills’ Jackson in C.R., negotiating contract

Ran into Buffalo Bills running back and former Coe College all-American Fred Jackson at tonight’s Coe-Cornell basketball double-header. Jackson was in town with his wife, Danielle, a Coe grad, and two young children to visit friends.

It’s awesome to see he’s the same old Freddy, and that being an NFL player (and one that got a chance to play quite a bit this season) has absolutely not gone to his head.

“It was exciting that I got to play a lot more (this season) than I did last year,” Jackson said. “I’m excited about that and seeing if we can keep moving forward and maybe my opportunities on the field can continue to expand.”

Jackson is a restricted free agent, of sorts, whose rights are owned right now by Buffalo. He said he and his agent have been in contact with Bills management about a possible multi-year contract.