DURHAM, N.H. – Senior defenseman Eric Knodel (West Chester, Pa.) of the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team signed a one-year entry level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs that will begin at the start of the 2014-15 season the organization announced Tuesday. Knodel has also signed a professional tryout agreement for the remainder of the 2013-14 season with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL).
"The whole staff is very proud of Eric," said UNH head coach Dick Umile. "We are happy for him and his family and wish him nothing but the best of luck."
Knodel was selected by Toronto in the fifth round, 128th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. The captain skated in each of the 41 games UNH played in 2013-14, lighting the lamp seven times and dishing out 21 assists for a career-high 28 points. Five of his goals came during power plays. Knodel shined on the defensive end as well, blocking a total of 103 shots to lead the Hockey East Conference. Most recently, the blueliner was named a Second Team Hockey East All-Star.
As a junior, Knodel skated in 38 games and recorded 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points. In the same season, he was named to the Hockey East All-Academic team. Overall, Knodel skated in 116 games, registering 20 goals and 41 assists for 61 points.
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