On Saturday, Gophers captain Mike Crowley became the second Minnesota player in a one-week span to turn pro, announcing his signing with the NHL’s Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
Forward Erik Rasmussen announced his agreement to terms with the Buffalo Sabres last Wednesday.
Crowley, a defenseman who would have been a senior this season, had nine goals and 47 assists for 56 points last year. He was named WCHA Player of the Year and was a Hobey Baker Award finalist and a first-team All-American. He is Minnesota’s second-leading blueliner in career scoring, and is responsible for the Gophers’ top two scoring seasons among defensemen.
He is expected to receive a signing bonus of $425,000, and will report to the Ducks’ camp in September.