Fresh off his third straight Frozen Four, UMD's Swaney to report to Iowa Wild Wednesday

Updated: April 12, 2021 06:37 PM
Created: April 12, 2021 05:25 PM

After helping the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) men's hockey team to their fourth consecutive Frozen Four appearance, senior forward Nick Swaney returned home from Pittsburgh, Pa. and signed a pro contract. It was a special moment for the 23-year-old Lakeville, Minn. native who agreed to a deal with his home town team.

"Growing up in Minnesota, watching the Minnesota Wild my whole life, it's pretty surreal now being able to hopefully one day put on the Minnesota Wild sweatshirt or sweater," said Swaney. "Obviously, starting my career down in Iowa is going to be awesome and I'm really looking forward to it," he added.

Swaney signed a one-year entry level contract with the Wild. He was drafted by the club in the seventh round in 2017, No. 209 overall that year.

In his final season with the Bulldogs, he tallied 28 points and became the 59th player in program history to break 100 career points. He finished his collegiate career with 101.

This Wednesday, he'll make the quick transition to the pros, traveling to join the Iowa Wild of the AHL.

"Hopefully just work may way in," said Swaney on his goals on joining the Iowa Wild. "I'm really looking forward to get down there and getting to work right away and just helping the team. Doing whatever I can to help them win."

Swaney the first Bulldog to sign a pro contract this offseason.

He'll get about a month to skate with Iowa before the end of their regular season.

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