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Coyotes ink goalie Merrick Madsen to entry-level contract

Harvard goalie Merrick Madsen, left, blocks a shot by Minnesota-Duluth center Adam Johnson during the third period of the NCAA Frozen Four men's college hockey semifinal, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Chicago. Minnesota-Duluth won 2-1. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The Arizona Coyotes announced Tuesday they signed goalie Merrick Madsen to a two-year, entry-level deal.

“Merrick is a big, skilled, athletic goaltender,” said Arizona general manager John Chayka in a release. “We’re pleased with his development and excited to have him signed.”

Madsen, 22, went 10-10-3 with a .918 save percentage in 24 games with the Harvard Crimson. He posted three shutouts, the sixth-best save percentage and fifth-lowest goals against average in the Eastern College Athletic Conference this past season.

At 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds, the Preston, Idaho, native wrapped his Harvard career with a 53-23-8 record and .924 save percentage.

Selected by the Philadelphia Flyers, Madsen was the 162nd overall pick (sixth round) in the 2013 NHL Draft. He and forward Nick Cousins were acquired by the Coyotes from Philadelphia in June for a fifth-round pick and Brendan Warren.

Madsen played his last game for Harvard on Friday in an overtime loss to Clarkson in the ECAC semifinals.


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