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Kreider, Dumoulin Sign NHL Deals

CHN Staff Report

Chris Kreider (photo: Neil Ament)

Chris Kreider (photo: Neil Ament)

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Fresh off a second national championship to cap their junior years at Boston College, forward Chris Kreider and defenseman Brian Dumoulin signed NHL contracts today with their respective teams that drafted them.

Both players will give up their senior seasons at Boston College. Both moves were expected.

Kreider, 20, was selected by the Rangers in the first round, 19th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Kreider had both Boston College goals in a 2-0 victory against Air Force in their NCAA first round matchup, and a goal and an assist in a 6-1 win over Minnesota in the National Semifinal game on Thursday.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder established collegiate career highs in games played (44), goals (23), assists (22), points (45), and penalty minutes (66) this season. Kreider led Boston College in goals, points and shots (139), tied for first in penalty minutes and ranked fourth in assists. He helped the Eagles capture its third consecutive Beanpot and Hockey East Tournament titles.

Kreider is eligible to play in the playoffs, and is expected to at some point.

The Boxford, Mass., native had 49 goals and 43 assists for 92 points in three seasons. In 2009-10, he became the first hockey player to win a World Junior Championship gold medal, conference tournament championship and NCAA Championship in a single season.

Dumoulin signed a 3-year entry-level deal, and is set to receive $700,000 in 2012-13, $725,000 in 2013-14 and $800,000 in 2014-15. At the AHL level, he would be paid $67,500 in all three years. Dumoulin receives a signing bonus of $270,000, and will immediately join the Hurricanes’ top minor-league affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL).

“Brian is a big, puck-moving defenseman who achieved at a high level throughout his time at Boston College,” said Carolina director of player personnel Ron Francis. “His success there speaks for itself, and it is important for his continued development that he now begins his professional career.”

Dumoulin, 20, led Boston College defensemen in scoring with seven goals and 28 points in 44 games this season, and was a plus-27. The Biddeford, Maine, native captured the Hockey East Best Defensive Defenseman award for the second consecutive season. The 6-4, 210-pounder was All-CHN First Team and a Hobey Baker Award finalist.

Dumoulin was first in the country with a plus-40 during his freshman year, when the Eagles captured the 2010 national championship.

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