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Nick Walsh Joins ECHL's Kalamazoo Wings

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Dartmouth men's hockey team saw its fifth player sign on to play professionally following the 2011-12 season when senior forward Nick Walsh (Shannonville, Ontario) agreed to an amateur tryout contract (ATO) with the Kalamazoo Wings of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).

Walsh played 110 games in a Big Green sweater in four seasons in Hanover, recording 21 goals and 27 assists for 48 points.

As a senior this past season, Walsh had 14 points (5g/9a), including 10 points (3g/7a) in 21 games against ECAC Hockey opponents.

His first goal of 2011-12 came with less than two minutes remaining in regulation against Quinnipiac on Nov. 4, tying the contest at 4-4 and setting up Dartmouth for the winner just 28 seconds later from Connor Goggin (Glen Ellyn, Ill.).

Walsh is the last Dartmouth player to record a hat trick, doing so against Harvard on Nov. 27, 2010. He added an assist that night as well for a career-high four points in an 8-2 win over the Crimson.

Kalamazoo is a minor-league affiliate of both the Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL).

The elder Walsh brother becomes the fifth member of this year's senior class to sign on with a pro squad following the conclusion of the team's quarterfinal series against Cornell. Jody O'Neill (Nepean, Ontario) and Dan Nycholat (Calgary, Alberta) also signed ATO's with the Stockton Thunder and Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL, while Goggin made his pro debut in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Rockford IceHogs. Prior to Walsh, the most recent pro signing was Doug Jones (Marietta, Ga.) with the Gwinnett Gladiators, also of the ECHL.