Nikita Kashirsky and Johann Kroll have signed contracts with the American Hockey League's Hershey Bears for the 2010-011 season, a source confirmed on Thursday.
Both players split time between the South Carolina Stingrays and the AHL this past season.
Kashirsky, 25, played 39 games with the Stingrays last season, recording 35 points on 19 goals and 16 assists. The Moscow native also played in nine game with the AHL's Springfield Falcons (1g, 2a) and 16 games with Manitoba (2g, 1a) last season.
Kashirsky returned to the Stingrays during last month's Kelly Cup playoffs and had one assist in five games.
Last year, Kashirsky was a major contributor for the Stingrays in their run to the franchise's third Kelly Cup title. He joined the Stingrays after his senior season at Norwich University and had three goals and four assists in 13 games in the regular season.
In the playoffs, Kashirsky took on a major role and was among the team's top scorers with six goals and 12 assists in 21 games. He had the game-winning goal in the final minute against Florida in Game 5 in the South Division finals. He broke his jaw in Game 5 of the Kelly Cup finals against Alaska.
Like Kashirsky, Kroll spent large chunks of this past season in the AHL. He played in 41 games with the Stingrays during the regular season, recording three goals and 17 assists.
Kroll, 26, played for three different AHL teams --- Manchester, Lake Erie and Grand Rapids -- this past season. Kroll, a second-year pro, spent more than a month with Manchester, where he played in 12 games and recorded an assist.
Kroll got a chance to play for Hershey during its current run in the Calder Cup playoffs. As injuries mounted for the Bears on their blue line, Kroll was called up to Hershey on April 20. He played in two games for the Bears in their series against Albany.
Kroll, who has played in 81 games with the Stingrays over the past two seasons, appeared in 26 games with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch during the 2008-09 season.