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College men's hockey: Bulldogs' Joey Anderson leaving early, signs with NHL's Devils

Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com Sammy Spurrell (28) and Joey Anderson (13) of Minnesota Duluth celebrate after the national championship game April 7 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The New Jersey Devils announced Sunday Anderson has signed a three-year contract.

Minnesota Duluth sophomore wing Joey Anderson is forgoing his final two seasons with the Bulldogs after signing a three-year entry level contract with the New Jersey Devils that begins with this season.

The deal was signed and announced Sunday. Anderson, 19, was taken by the Devils in the third round, No. 73 overall, of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft after two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program.

Since being drafted and joining the Bulldogs in the fall of 2016, Anderson has played in two NCAA championship games — winning this year's final 2-1 over Notre Dame at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul — and two IIHF World Junior Championship tournaments, winning gold with Team USA last year and bronze this past winter as the team's captain.

In two seasons with the Bulldogs, Anderson compiled 23 goals and 41 assists in 75 games. He posted 37 points (12 goals, 25 assists) as a freshman and 27 points (11,16) as a sophomore.

Anderson is a native of Roseville, Minn., who played two seasons at Hill-Murray High School before joining the USNTDP. His younger brother, Mikey, a freshman defenseman, said last week he planned on returning to UMD for his sophomore season. Mikey Anderson is a 2017 fourth-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings.

Check back soon for updates, including comments from Joey Anderson.

Matt Wellens

College hockey reporter for the Duluth News Tribune covering the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs men's and women's teams, as well as the NCAA Division III programs at St. Scholastica and Wisconsin-Superior.

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