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Cornell hockey star signs with Avalanche

The Lakeville, Minnesota, native was named team captain as a Cornell University senior.

DENVER — Sam Malinski signed a two-year contract Thursday with the Colorado Avalanche.

Malinski, 24, just finished his senior year as a defenseman at Cornell University.

The Avalanche announced he will join the Colorado Eagles on a professional tryout contract (PTO) for the remainder of the 2022-23 season.

His two-year contract will be for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 seasons.

The Lakeville, Minnesota, native was named team captain as a Cornell senior. He had 26 points — 8 goals and 18 assists — in 34 games this season. 

Malinksi previously appeared in 87 games for the North American Hockey League’s Bismarck Bobcats from 2017-19. He started the 2017-18 campaign in the USHL with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.

Credit: AP Photo/Adrian Kraus
Cornell defenseman Sam Malinski plays during the third period of an NCAA hockey game against Alaska Fairbanks on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 in Ithaca, N.Y.
Credit: AP Photo/Stew Milne
Cornell's Sam Malinski (24) skates during the first period of an NCAA hockey game against Harvard on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in Boston, Mass.

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