Poturalski Leaves UNH for NHL

University of New Hampshire sophomore scoring sensation, Andrew Poturalski, has left school to pursue a professional hockey career with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Tuesday, the Hurricanes announced they had signed Poturalski to a two-year contract worth $1,532,500.

The 22-year-old forward will earn $700,000 at the NHL level or $70,000 in the American Hockey League in 2016-2017. In the second year of the deal (2017-2018), the Hurricanes have agreed to pay Poturalski $832,500 if he plies his trade in the NHL or $70,000 in the AHL. A $185,000 signing bonus is included in the pact.

Poturalski finished this season second in NCAA scoring with 22 goals and 30 assists, totaling 52 points in 37 games for a Wildcats team that finished the season 11-20-6. In games when the native of Williamsville, New York recorded a point, UNH had a record of 10-12-6. In games when the winger was held without a point, the Wildcats went 1-8-0.

In his two seasons at the Durham, New Hampshire school, the 5-foot-10 Poturalski registered 36 goals and 45 assists for a total of 81 points in 77 career collegiate games.

Poturalski received interest from up to 19 NHL teams before choosing Carolina and Hurricanes general manager, Ron Francis, is very happy to have Poturalski in the fold.

“Andrew had an outstanding season with New Hampshire and attracted interest from numerous NHL teams, so we are thrilled that he chose Carolina to start his professional career,” Francis said. “He’s a smart hockey player with really good speed and skill.”   

Poturalski will begin his professional career with Carolina’s AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, on an amateur tryout for the remainder of the 2015-2016 season.   

Follow ESPN New Hampshire’s NHL/NCAA Hockey Writer, Shawn Hutcheon, on Twitter at @ShawnHutcheon.

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