Monsters Sign Right Wing Sam Kurker to Professional Tryout Contract
Former second-round pick posted 11-17-28 in 32 ECHL games with Manchester Monarchs this year.
The Cleveland Monsters, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, announced Wednesday that the Monsters signed rookie right wing Sam Kurker to a 25-game professional tryout (PTO) contract. In 32 appearances for the ECHL’s Manchester Monarchs this season, Kurker posted 11-17-28 with 18 penalty minutes and a+7 rating.
A 6’2”, 203 lb., right-handed native of Boston, MA, Kurker, 23, was selected in the second round (56th overall) by the St. Louis Blues in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and appeared in one game for the AHL’s Albany Devils last season. In parts of four NCAA seasons with Boston University (2012-14) and Northeastern University (2015-17), Kurker logged 13-17-30 with 163 penalty minutes and a -19 rating in 116 combined appearances and supplied 30-33-63 with 131 penalty minutes and a +3 rating in 80 USHL appearances for the Indiana Ice and Sioux City Musketeers spanning parts of two seasons from 2013-15. Kurker helped Indiana claim the 2014 Clark Cup as AHL Playoff Champions.
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