UMass adds former Providence forward Rufo as graduate transfer for ’17-18 season

UMass has added graduate transfer Niko Rufo to its 2017-18 roster.

Rufo joins the Minutemen from Providence and has one year of collegiate eligibility remaining.

“We are very excited to welcome Niko Rufo to our UMass hockey family,” said UMass coach Greg Carvel in a statement. “Niko is an experienced player who will bring leadership and maturity to an extremely young team. We will look to Niko to be an important part of our offense as he is a skilled player who also plays with great energy and intensity. As a graduate transfer, we will only have Niko for one year, but he will play an important role in the transition of this hockey program.”

At Providence, Rufo tallied 10 points on four goals and six assists in 56 games over four seasons, with a career-high 18 games played in both 2015-16 and 2016-17. He appeared in 11 games during the Friars’ national championship season in 2014-15.

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