Bulldog Forward Inks 2-Year Deal
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Calgary Flames announced today that Kenny Agostino, Yale's high-scoring forward, has signed a two-year, entry-level contract.
Agostino turned down an offer a year ago to return to Yale to defend the team's 2013 national championship while finishing school, competing with his teammates and getting the most out of his experience at Yale.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound winger was tied for the team lead this winter with 14 goals while his 32 points were second. He finished his collegiate career on Saturday and ranks ninth at Yale in points (132), 10th in assists (76) and 12th in goals (56).
"Our entire team shares Kenny's joy as he is about to embark on his pro career. He has been a fantastic Bulldog from the day he arrived on campus and grew as a player and person in each of his four seasons with us," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach. "We wish him great success and can't wait to see him in a Calgary Flames jersey."
Agostino, who will likely earn more honors over the next few days, was second-team All-ECAC last year while taking a spot on the 2013 West Regional All-Tournament Team. Among other things that weekend, he stole the puck from a Minnesota player off the opening face-off in overtime and fed his linemate on the winner. The goal, nine seconds into the OT, was the fastest tally of its kind in NCAA history.
"I can't thank my Yale teammates and coaches enough for an amazing four years," said Agostino, who could be in the Flames' lineup this week (Tuesday vs. Buffalo, Friday vs. Nashville). "Four years with my best friends, where I was able to receive phenomenal coaching and guidance to grow as a hockey player. I am very excited and proud to be a part of the Flames organization and look forward to starting the next chapter in my career."
The 21-year-old skater was originally drafted by Pittsburgh (round 5, 140 overall) before coming to New Haven. He and another college player were part of a deal that sent Agostino to Calgary for Jerome Iginla two days before Yale opened the West Regional against the Gophers.
Agostino, whose most prolific game as a Bulldog was three goals and five points against Holy Cross as a freshman, skated in 134 games after coming to Yale from Delbarton School.
The Flanders, N.J., native would be the fourth Bulldog to play in the NHL this year. Chris Higgins (Vancouver), Mark Arcobello (Edmonton) and Brad Mills (Chicago) are the others.
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director