MOLINE, IL-Senior forward Mike Owens (South Boston, MA/Winchendon School/Boston Jr. Bulldogs-AJHL), who completed his UMass Dartmouth hockey career last spring, has signed a professional contract to play for the Quad City Mallards of the Central Hockey League.
Owens joins Quad City after earning All-America honors and being named Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year last season. He finished last season tied for second nationally with 23 goals and tied for seventh in points.
"Mike Owens capping off an outstanding collegiate career signing a pro contract is a tremendous story," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "For every player in our program who aspires to play at the professional level, Mike is the poster boy for hard work and over achievement."
"Mike's coming off an outstanding final season in college where he's shown he can be very productive and also taken on leadership responsibilities as a captain," said Mallards Coach and General Manager Terry Ruskowski, who played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League and has won 589 games in 17 seasons as a professional coach. "Now I'm looking forward to seeing him show those skills in the Quad Cities."
One of the winningest teams in all of minor league hockey, the Mallards begin their 16th year overall and third in the CHL this fall. They competed in the United Hockey League (UHL) from 1995 through 2007 and in the International Hockey League (IHL) in 2009-10.
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