Cameron Talbot has given up his final year of eligibility at Alabama-Huntsville to sign with the New York Rangers.
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Talbot, 22, the CHA tournament most valuable player this season, was 12-18-3 with a 2.60 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage for the Chargers.
“We are very proud of what Cam has accomplished, and this is another step in his achieving his goals,” Chargers coach Danton Cole said in a statement. “He has exhibited the traits on and off the ice that we feel are at the heart of Charger hockey. He will finish his degree and he has put himself in a position to play pro hockey at the NHL level. He helped us to a league championship this year and is our first student-athlete to sign an NHL level deal right out of UAH. It is only the beginning for him and his career.”
An undrafted free agent, Talbot played in 70 games for Alabama-Huntsville with a 15-44-6 record, 3.10 goals-against average and .907 save percentage.
His departure means the Chargers will have an all-new goaltending corps next season. Blake MacNichol, who appeared in two games this season, was a senior. Freshman John Griggs did not play this season.