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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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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