Two Local College Hockey Players Sign Entry-Level NHL Contracts

From Boston to the NHL

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March 26

A pair of local college hockey players are headed to the NHL.

Jordan Harris (Northeastern) and Nick Abruzzese (Harvard) have signed entry-level contracts following their respective first-round exits from the NCAA men’s hockey tournament. Both deals were announced Saturday.

Harris, a Haverhill, Mass., native who served as the Huskies’ captain, inked a deal with the Montreal Canadiens, where he will join former Northeastern teammate Cayden Primeau. A Hockey East First Team All-Star, Harris was named the conference’s best defensive defenseman. He also logged five goals and 15 assists.

“My time here at Northeastern has been truly special and a period in my life that I will cherish forever,” Harris said in a statement. “The people I have met within the University have allowed me to create relationships that will last a lifetime.”

Harris, a two-time Hobey Baker Award nominee and current Walter Brown Award semifinalist, finished his collegiate career with 15 goals and 58 assists through 130 career games.

Abruzzese, who appeared with Team USA at the 2022 Beijing Olympics, is headed to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Ivy League Player of the Year logged nine goals and 24 assists through 28 games for Harvard this season. The Slate Hill, N.Y., native was a junior captain and as such will forgo his senior season with the Crimson.

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