Former University of Maine forward Ryan Lomberg, who was slated to join Miami this season as a transfer, has opted to sign an AHL contract with the Stockton Heat.
The Richmond Hill, Ontario native spent the 2014-15 season with the Youngstown Phantoms in the USHL after being suspended for three semesters for Maine. The 1994-born scrappy left wing scored 25 goals and 20 assists in 50 games in the top junior league in North America. He racked up 152 penalty minutes while serving as the team's captain.
In two seasons in Orono, Lomberg registered 18 goals and 14 assists in 66 NCAA games. He played with an edge and was suspended by Hockey East once for elbowing a Merrimack player. He was suspended from school following an off-campus altercation where he allegedly kicked another man over a dispute involving a female acquaintance's dog.
Lomberg would have been a junior with two years of eligibility remaining for Rico Blasi's RedHawks. He reportedly impressed Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving during the organization's development camp earlier this summer. The Heat are the American Hockey League affiliate of the Flames.