Erik Erlendsson covers the Tampa Bay Lightning for The Tampa Tribune.
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Tampa Bay Lightning sign Alex Killorn to a two-year deal
Posted Mar 19, 2012 by Erik Erlendsson
Updated Mar 19, 2012 at 04:09 PM
The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed top prospect Alex Killorn to a two-year, two-way contract on Monday, two days after Killorn’s collegiate career at Harvard University came to an end. A third-round pick in 2007, the Lightning attempted to sign Killorn last summer but he opted to return to Harvard for his senior season. The 23-year-old enjoyed his best season this year finishing with 23 goals and 46 points while earning first-team all ECAC and was a nominee for the Hobey Baker Award. Harvard lost to Union (N.Y.) in the ECAC championship game on Saturday was the Crimson were not selected as an at-large team for the 16-team field for the NCAA Hockey Championships.
The contract is for 2012-13 and 2013-14. If he were to play in Norfolk, Tampa Bay’s affiliate in the American Hockey League, he would likely be signed to a tryout contract for the remainder of the season, but that has not been determined at this point.
Here is the full release from the team:
The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Alex Killorn to a two-year, two-way contract, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Killorn, 22, played in 34 games with Harvard University this season, recording 23 goals and 46 points to go along with 47 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-1, 197-pound forward ranked first on Harvard in goals and points and was second in assists. Killorn ranked third in the Eastern College Athletic Conference in goals and was fourth in points. He was named to the 2012 ECAC First Team All-League and was a nominee for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate player.
The Halifax, Nova Scotia native has skated in 130 career games with Harvard over the past four seasons, recording 53 goals and 109 points to go along with 155 penalty minutes. He is the first Harvard player to record 50 goals in his collegiate career since 2004.
The Lightning selected Killorn in the third round, 107th overall, at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.