The Philadelphia Flyers have signed University of Minnesota defenseman Mark Alt to an Entry Level Contract will report to the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL on an ATO for the remainder of the season.
Acquired prior to the NHL season this year in a package that also brought Brian Boucher to Philly from Carolina, the 21-year-old Alt posted seven points (all assists) and 20 penalty minutes, including a career-best plus-minus rating of +19 in 39 games for the Golden Gophers this past season. The St. Paul, Minnesota native will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to turn professional next season, tying to make the Flyers squad who could possibly lose Matt Walker, Kurtis Foster and Kent Huskins to unrestricted free agency, and have already lost Andreas Lilja to Sweden next season.
Alt recorded 7 goals and 32 assists in his career at Minnesota over 117 games. He played as more of a shutdown defender for the Gophers this year and was not relied on to produce as much offensively as he was the past two seasons. Just like his father, John, Mark was a standout football player in high school winning a state championship with Cretin-Derham Hall High School as a quarterback, but chose hockey over football. Good choice there, kiddo.
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