Colleges: UMass junior hockey defenseman Conor Allen to turn pro
University of Massachusetts sources confirmed a report from the Western College Hockey Blog that Minuteman junior defenseman Conor Allen will forgo his final year of eligibility to turn pro.
Allen, who was undrafted, is being pursued by the New York Rangers and Nashville Predators according to several media reports.
Through the athletic department’s media relations department, UMass coach John Micheletto declined comment because Allen hadn’t signed.
Allen, a Chicago native, was UMass’ top scoring defenseman with five goals and 19 assists. He’ll join graduating seniors Darren Rowe, Eddie Olczyk Jr., Rocco Carzo and Kevin Czepiel among the teams’ departing players.
Carzo and Rowe have signed amateur tryout contracts with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades and Utah Grizzlies, respectively.
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