Norwich goalie Tom Aubrun signs pro contract with AHL team

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Norwich University goaltender Tom Aubrun has more hockey in his future.

The senior signed a deal Monday to join the Rockford Ice Hogs of the American Hockey League. The Ice Hogs, based in Illinois, are an affiliate of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks. 

Aubrun is only the third player in Norwich history to ink an AHL deal immediately after wrapping up his college career. The others are William Pelletier (2017) and Frank Simonetti (1984).

The Division III national player of the year, Aubrun is only the sixth NCAA netminder to join a professional team this year and the first player from the D-III ranks to join the AHL, according to Norwich.

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“Tom had one of the best seasons I have ever seen a goaltender have at any level,” Norwich coach Cam Ellsworth said in a statement. “His play was strong and consistent all year and deserving of this opportunity. Rockford took an interest in Tom very early and put forth a development path that he is very excited about.” 

Aubrun went 50-8-5 in two-plus seasons in Northfield and broke five D-III records this winter thanks in large part to a nine-game shutout streak. He finished his career as the all-time leader in save percentage (.946) and goals against average (1.27).

Contact Austin Danforth at 651-4851 or edanforth@freepressmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @eadanforth.

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