April 7, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota junior defenseman Mark Alt has signed an entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers, according to Flyers general manager and former Gopher Paul Holmgren.
“It has been an honor to play for the Gophers for the last three years,” Alt said. “I want to thank the fans, my teammates and coaches for making it such a great experience. I will forever cherish my days in the Maroon and Gold.”
In 117 games with the Gophers, Alt tallied 39 points and 32 assists over his career. In his final two campaigns with the program, the Gophers earned two-straight MacNaughton Cups as Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) regular-season champions as well as two NCAA tournament berths including the team’s run to the Frozen Four in 2011-12.
“I would like to thank Mark for his three years with the program and wish him the best as he continues his career with the Flyers organization,” Minnesota head coach Don Lucia said.
As a freshman, Alt skated in the final 35 games of the season after missing the season opener and tallied 10 points with two goals. The St. Paul, Minn., native had his most productive season as a sophomore in 2010-11 as the Gophers captured the team’s first MacNaughton Cup since 2006-07 and returned to the NCAA Frozen Four for the 20th time in program history and the first time since 2005. Alt recorded a career-best 22 points, five goals and 22 assists as a sophomore, playing in all 43 games.
In what would be his final season with the Maroon and Gold, Alt tallied seven assists in 39 games and finished the season with a career-best plus-19 rating as the Gophers earned their second-straight MacNaughton Cup and returned to the NCAA tournament for the 34th time in program history. Minnesota featured the WCHA’s top defense this season.
An All-WCHA Academic Team selection this season, Alt was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (53rd overall). The Hurricanes traded Alt’s rights to the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2012-13 season.
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