UND Forward Rocco Grimaldi Signs NHL Contract with Florida Panthers
As a college hockey player, there cannot be a better feeling than receiving "the call" from an NHL team. University of North Dakota forward Rocco Grimaldi knows exactly what that feeling is like, after receiving the call, and a contract offer, from the Florida Panthers.
Grimaldi will forgo his final two years of college eligibility after signing an entry level contract with the Panthers.
Grimaldi was drafted by the Panthers in the 2nd round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
According to UNDSports.com, Grimaldi led the Sioux in points (39) and goals (17) during the 2013-14 season. He was also named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2014 NCAA Midwest Regional in Cincinnati after scoring his first career hat trick for UND in their win over Wisconsin.
Grimaldi is the second Sioux player to sign an NHL contract after the 2013-14 season. Senior defenseman Dillon Simpson signed with the Edmonton Oilers on April 22nd.