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Niagara's Beattie joins Amerks

Niagara senior defenseman and co-captain Jason Beattie has signed an amateur tryout contract with the Rochester Americans.

Beattie, who scored the lone goal in the Purple Eagles' season-ending 2-1 loss to North Dakota in the NCAA Tournament last week, becomes the 19th Niagara product to join the active pro hockey ranks. Beattie, a stay-at-home type of defenseman, will play for the Amerks, the Buffalo Sabres' minor-league affiliate, for the remainder of the regular season and post season. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Beattie finished with seven goals and 25 points during his 106-game career at Niagara.

"This is a great opportunity for Jason," Purple Eagles coach Dave Burkholder said.  "He has prepared himself for this, and we know he will do well.  Everyone with Niagara hockey are very proud of his accomplishment."

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