The Los Angeles Kings have signed Maine forward Teddy Purcell to a multi-year entry-level contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi has announced.
Purcell played in 40 games this season as a freshman for Maine and had 43 points (16-27–43), seven power-play goals, five game-winning goals and 34 penalty minutes.
His 27 assists led the Black Bears and his 16 goals and 43 points were both ranked third on his team, which reached this year’s NCAA Frozen Four.
Purcell was named the Hockey East Rookie of the Year, and also earned Hockey East Rookie of the Month honors three times this season.
Purcell, a 6-3, 177-pound native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, played for the Cedar Rapids Roughriders (USHL) prior to attending Maine. With the Roughriders, he helped lead his team to back-to-back Eastern Championships and a Clark Cup in 2004-05. An assistant captain in 2005-06, Purcell led the USHL in assists that season with a franchise-record 52, and he was named to the USHL All-Star Second Team for the second consecutive year.