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Vermont Loses Top Recruit to NHL

CHN Staff Report

Zemgus Girgensons, who was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round of June's NHL Draft, has decided to by-pass playing for Vermont and will sign an NHL contract.

"Throughout the recruiting process, Zemgus has been very loyal to UVM, turning down offers to play Major Junior Hockey as well as Russia's premier professional league, the KHL, in order to maintain his goal of playing for the Catamounts," Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon said.

"We have stated often that if we are going to lose Zemgus, we hope it's to the NHL team that selects him in the draft. Buffalo feels confident that Zemgus can play for them this year as well as with the Rochester Americans of the AHL."

Girgensons, a native of Latvia, played in the USHL last season.

"I would like to thank Coach Sneddon and his staff for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to play for UVM. This was a very difficult decision for me to say the least," Girgensons said.

"I always felt that the NCAA was the best way for me to develop on and off the ice. After attending the Buffalo Sabres camp, and learning their plans for me, I feel I am ready to begin my professional career."

Sneddon added: "Though we are disappointed that we won't have the opportunity to coach him, we are very optimistic about our incoming class as well as our returning student-athletes and we will continue to prepare for a great 2012-13 season."

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