It’s that time of season when collegiate and junior hockey seasons are coming to a close. Typically you see amateur try-out (ATO) contracts signed first but the Milwaukee Admirals first instance this season will be a tad different. The Admirals have signed forward Tyler Kelleher to an AHL Contract that will be good for the rest of the 2016-17 season and extend into the 2017-18 season.
Kelleher just completed a four-year career at the University of New Hampshire where he produced 167 points (57 goals, 110 assists) in 153 games. He was recently named as a finalist for this year’s Hobey Baker Award given to the best collegiate hockey player. His 2016-17 season saw him tally 63 points (24 goals, 39 assists) in 40 games which was the most in Hockey East and his assists total was the most across the NCAA.
The native of Longmeadow, Massachusetts turned 22-years old at the start of the new year. He might be only 5’6″ on the ice but times are changing these days. Size isn’t everything if the pure ability and skill to play exist and that will be the upcoming test awaiting Kelleher as he begins his professional playing career as a member of the Admirals where he will wear his #16 that he wore at New Hampshire.
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