NCAA Finalists Filipowicz, Michaud Turn Pro

New Hampshire defenseman Jayme Filipowicz and Maine goaltender Alfie Michaud signed NHL contracts today with the Nashville Predators and Vancouver Canucks, respectively. Both players would have been seniors next season.

Michaud’s Black Bears won the 1999 NCAA Division I Championship, 3-2 in overtime, over Filipowicz’s Wildcats. Michaud, 23, was chosen as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after holding Boston College and New Hampshire to a total of three goals in the Frozen Four. He finished with a record of 28-6-3, a goals against average of 2.32, and a save percentage of .910. Michaud joins teammate Steve Kariya, who signed a free agent contract with Vancouver earlier.

Filipowicz, 23, ranked fourth in scoring for UNH with 38 points on eight goals and 30 assists in 41 games. Six of his goals were game winners, while five came on the power play. Filipowicz was named to the East Second All-America Team and was also named to the All-Hockey East first team, helping the Wildcats to the Hockey East regular season title and runner-up positions in the Hockey East and NCAA tournaments.

Filipowicz and Michaud both were undrafted and signed as free agents. Terms of both deals were not disclosed.