Bowling Green record-breaking goalie Nell leaves senior year on table, signs NHL deal with Rangers

Chris Nell - (33 - Bowling Green) had 33 saves in a 2-2 tie at RIT (Omar Phillips)
Bowling Green goalie Chris Nell was in net for 17 of the Falcons’ 21 wins in 2016-17 (photo: Omar Phillips).

After three years with Bowling Green, junior goaltender Chris Nell has signed a free-agent, entry-level contract with the New York Rangers.

He will begin play with its AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, at the end of the month.

Nell topped the Bowling Green record book in career shutouts by earning 11 through 84 games played with the Falcons. Nell also posted the best career save percentage in Bowling Green history at .922 and career GAA of 2.07 in 4986:32 career minutes.

In February, Nell also set the program record for shutout minutes at 207:31 after earning three straight shutouts. Nell claimed the shutout title with the eighth of his career in a 3-0 victory over RIT on Dec. 30, bumping Tyler Masters (1999-03) and Andrew Hammond (2010-13) down to second all-time, who each hold seven career shutouts in their time with the Falcons.

In his sophomore season, Nell was also honored with All-WCHA First Team accolades after recording a 1.31 GAA and a .930 save percentage.

Nell will leave to begin play with the Wolf Pack on March 29.