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Andrew Sturtz Signs Pro Contract With Ottawa Senators

Penn State men’s hockey forward Andrew Sturtz signed a two-year entry-level contract with the NHL’s Ottawa Senators on Wednesday and will not return to Penn State for his final season of eligibility.

“This is a childhood dream come true, five or six years ago I didn’t even think I would be playing Division I hockey and then [assistant coach] Matt Lindsay found me in Carleton Place and brought me to Penn State,” Sturtz said.

The Buffalo native is one of only two skaters to score more than 100 career points for Penn State. With 104 points in 111 games, he ranks second to David Goodwin’s program-record 128 points. Sturtz is the program’s all-time leader in goals with 54, passing Casey Bailey with an empty netter during a 7-5 victory over Mercyhurst. He also set single-game program records with four assists and five points during that victory.

Sturtz was a key cog in Penn State’s unprecedented 2016-17 Big Ten championship and NCAA tournament run. He led the squad with 22 goals and scored the overtime goal against then-No. 3 Notre Dame that sparked the Nittany Lions’ 11-game winning streak.

Losing a player of Sturtz’s caliber will certainly hurt the Nittany Lions’ roster, but the team’s group of forwards still shows plenty of promise for the future. Rising sophomores Alex Limoges and Evan Barratt consistently grew as the season progressed, Denis Smirnov is still one of college hockey’s elite talents, and solid players like Brandon Biro, Nate Sucese, and Liam Folkes aren’t going anywhere.

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In the most upsetting turn of events, Mikey graduated from Penn State with a digital & print journalism degree in the spring of 2020. He covered Penn State football and served as an editor for Onward State from 2018 until his graduation. Mikey is from Bedminster, New Jersey, so naturally, he spends lots of time yelling about all the best things his home state has to offer. Mikey also loves to play golf, but he sucks at it because golf is really hard. If you, for some reason, feel compelled to see what Mikey has to say on the internet, follow him on Twitter @Mikey_Mandarino. You can also get in touch with Mikey via his big-boy email address: [email protected]

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