College Hockey:
Pudlick Signs With Kings

— After a highly successful sophomore season in which he was named to the all-WCHA First Team, St. Cloud State defenseman Mike Pudlick signed a contract with the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

Pudlick became the second WCHA player to sign with the Kings in two days. On Friday, WCHA player of the year Steve Reinprecht, who recently completed his senior season at Wisconsin, inked a deal with the team.

“Mike is a very skilled defenseman,” Kings general manager Dave Taylor said. “He is a great skater with a big shot. He is young and has a tremendous upside.”

Pudlick led WCHA defensemen with 30 points this season and helped the Huskies to their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1989. A news release from the Kings said Pudlick will remain at SCSU for the remainder of the semester to complete his classes. His contract begins next season.

Terms of the deal were not announced.

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