UAA Netminder Naumenko Turns Pro

Alaska-Anchorage goaltender Gregg Naumenko will renounce his remaining three years of collegiate eligibility to sign a two-year guaranteed contract with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, the Los Angeles Times and the Anchorage Daily News reported Wednesday.

Naumenko, the 1999 WCHA Rookie of the Year, led the conference in both goals-against average and save percentage, setting UAA school records in both categories. He was also named to the all-WCHA first team.

The value of Naumenko’s contract is reportedly between $1.15 and $2 million, including a signing bonus of at least $1 million.

“I almost expect someone to call me and say, ‘Hey, those awards aren’t yours, that contract isn’t yours,”‘ Naumenko told the Daily News. “‘Wake up out of your dream and get real. April Fool’s!’

“You couldn’t ever dream about it, it’s so ridiculous to get this recognition, this contract.”