ERIE, Pa. — Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan announced on Monday that Mercyhurst University men’s ice hockey freshman goaltender Adam Carlson and the Capitals had agreed to an entry-level contract. On Tuesday, Carlson officially signed the deal.
“It means the world, I don’t have any words to describe it,” said Carlson. “It’s been a bumpy road, but it’s been an absolute blast and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
Carlson becomes the first goaltender and first freshman in program history to sign with an NHL organization.
In 17 games this season, Carlson posted a 7-7-3 record. In the Atlantic Hockey Association [AHA], he ranked 11th in goal-against average (2.85) and wins (7), 10th in saves (536) and fifth in save percentage (.919).
Carlson recorded his first collegiate win during his first start in net for the Lakers on Oct. 24 against Army. He stopped 33 shots during the Lakers’ 5-2 win. He posted a career high of 50 saves during Mercyhurst’s 2-2 tie at Robert Morris on Jan. 22.
“This speaks volume for Adam Carlson, the kind of player he is and the kind of person he is,” said head coach Rick Gotkin. “Obviously, he has great potential. They (the Capitals) are excited, he’s excited and we’re very excited.”
Carlson will be joining the AHL Hershey Bears immediately on an amateur tryout agreement.
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