Bemidji State goalie Dan Bakala stops a shot by Minnesota-Duluth\'s Justin Fontaine in the third period of a WCHA Final Five college hockey game Thursday, March 17, 2011, in St. Paul, Minn. The Minnesota Wild have signed former Minnesota Duluth forward Justin Fontaine to a two-year, entry-level contract. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Wild have signed former Minnesota Duluth forward Justin Fontaine to a two-year, entry-level contract.
The deal was announced Tuesday.
The 23-year-old Fontaine, from Bonnyville, Alta., helped lead the Bulldogs to their first NCAA championship, a trophy they secured on the Wild's home ice with a win over Michigan on April 9 at Xcel Energy Center. Fontaine had 22 goals and 36 assists in 42 games as a senior. The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder was fourth in the U.S. college ranks in scoring and tied for second with 12 power-play goals.
He had 164 points in 159 career games with UMD. Fontaine was a three-time WCHA all-academic team selection and a three-time All-WCHA second-team pick.