Two defensemen from last year's hockey team have signed professional contracts for the upcoming season. Carl Nielsen (Amherst, Ohio) will play in the American Hockey League. Steven Seigo (Edenwold, Sask.) will compete in the Finnish Elite League.Nielsen, who played in 140 career games at Michigan Tech, has signed with the Syracuse Crunch. The 2012-13 Huskies captain notched four goals and 16 assists in his four-year career. He played two games with the Crunch following the conclusion of Tech's season last spring. Syracuse plans to move the 6-4, 225-pound Nielsen to forward on their roster."I want to thank Michigan Tech," he said. "There would be no professional hockey opportunity for me if Tech hadn't given me a chance to come here. Thanks to the coaches and staff for helping me get where I need to be. I'm really excited to get to the rink and play both ends of the ice this year."Earlier this summer, Seigo signed with Turun Palloseura (TPS) of the Finnish Elite League. Seigo was a 75-point scorer with the Huskies in 150 career games. He posted 19 goals and 56 assists without missing a Tech game in his four years. Seigo played for the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL for nine games last spring before signing with TPS, which is based out of Turku, Finland.