Kielly & Sturm Join NHL; Clarkson Alums Stand Out For CanadaPosted: Updated:
Last week, Nico Sturm and Jake Kielly were getting ready to play in the NCAA hockey tournament with the Clarkson University Golden Knights.
This week, both players are getting their first taste of playing in the National Hockey League.
On Monday Kielly signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks, leaving Clarkson a year early.
Kielly went 26-11-2 this season for Clarkson with a 1.91 goals against average.
Sturm, meanwhile, was ready to play for the Wild Tuesday night against Winnipeg but visa issues kept him out of the lineup for Minnesota.
Sturm, who spent three seasons with the Golden Knights and is a Hobey Baker nominee hit the ground running with Minnesota and, like Kielly, is excited to learn from the veterans on the Wild and becoming a cornerstone of the team in years to come.
You can hear from both athletes in the video.
It was a big day for a couple of former Clarkson women's hockey players at the 2019 women's world championships in Finland.
Patty Kazmaier Award-winner Loren Gabel got the scoring going for Canada in the first period.
And another former Patty Kazmaier Award-winner, Jamie Lee Rattray, added a tally.
Another Clarkson alum, Renata Fast, had two assists for Canada in the 6-0 win over Switzerland.