DURHAM, N.H. -- University of New Hampshire men’s ice hockey senior defenseman Kevin Kapstad (Boxboro, Mass.) has signed a contract to play for SC Riessersee of the 2.Bundesliga league (2.GBun), Germany’s second tier league.

Kapstad agreed to terms on a one-year deal that will begin on Aug. 1. He will join the Blue Angels for the start of the 2009-10 season. Former Wildcat Gordie Clark (1971-74) also played for SC Riessersee toward the end of his long professional career.

The senior defenseman recently earned the Rod Langway Best Defenseman Award at UNH for his impressive defensive play throughout the season. He helped anchor a stingy Wildcat defense, yet wasn’t lacking in the offensive department either as he finished his senior season with 25 points on 23 assists and two goals. His impressive point total not only ranked in the top five among Wildcats, but it was the highest registered total by any Wildcat defenseman and was third in Hockey East. Kapstad, who helped lead New Hampshire to four-straight trips to the NCAA tournament, ended his career with a total of 117 games played. He closed out his career with nine goals and 34 assists for a total of 43 points.

Kapstad joins classmates Jamie Fritsch (Philadelphia, NHL/AHL), Trevor Smith (Bridgeport, AHL) and Joe Charlebois (Rockford, AHL) in the professional ranks.

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