Pionk Joins Miska in Turning Pro From UMD
CHN Staff Report
Minnesota-Duluth sophomore defenseman Neal Pionk has announced his intention to turn pro. The 21-year old, who was a Second Team All-CHN selection, is a free agent.
"It was the hardest decision of my life in leaving my hometown and my dream school," Pionk told CBS 3 Duluth on Monday. "With that being said, I'm excited for the opportunity that lies ahead of me."
A day earlier, freshman goaltender Hunter Miska was signed to a free-agent deal by the Arizona Coyotes.
Pionk was one of the top-scoring defenseman in the NCAA this year, with 7 goals and 34 points. The native of Hermantown, Minn., had six assists in eight postseason games as Minnesota-Duluth won the NCHC tournament championship and lost in the NCAA Championship game to Denver.
Miska, 21, won the starting job among a group of three freshmen early in the season, and went on to post a 27-5-5 record witih a 2.20 goals against average and .920 save percentage in 39 games.