Hermantown’s Aamodt, Grand Rapids’ McLaughlin ink NHL deals

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The Colorado Avalanche have signed Hermantown native Wyatt Aamodt to a one year contract for the 2022-2023.

The defenseman will immediately join their AHL club the Colorado Eagles for an amateur tryout. Skating for Minnesota State University, Mankato Aamodt closed out his collegiate career making a NCAA championship game appearance with 29 total points.

Meanwhile, Grand Rapids own Blake McLaughlin has signed a two-year entry level contract with the Anaheim Ducks.

He’ll first report to their AHL team the San Diego Gulls. A forward at the University of Minnesota, McLaughlin helped lead the Gophers to the Frozen Four this season, and finished his collegiate career with 105 points.