College Hockey:
Walter Leaves UML, Signs With Bruins

— Mass.-Lowell’s Ben Walter signed a three-year deal with the Boston Bruins. Walter, a fifth-round Bruins selection in the 2004 NHL draft, will forego his final year of eligibility at UML and report to training camp next month.

“I’m really excited to become a part of the Bruins organization,” Walter said. “I’ve had three great years at Mass.-Lowell and I’m sad to be leaving, but I felt it was the right step for me. I’m glad to be moving on in my hockey career.”

Walter played three seasons with the River Hawks, compiling 49 goals, 41 assists, 90 points and 62 penalty minutes in 107 games. He was named a Hockey East All-Star (second team) last season for his outstanding play, scoring 26-13–39 in 36 games. He was among the NCAA Division I leaders with 26 goals (third), 0.72 goals per game (fourth) and 13 power-play goals (tied for fourth). Walter also earned Hockey East All-Academic accolades last season.

“We’re extremely happy and proud for Ben and his entire family, and we’re excited to watch him fulfill his dream,” Head Coach Blaise MacDonald said. “We were privileged that his journey toward that end came through Lowell.”

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