Courtesy Derek Dunning, Norwich University
ROCKFORD, ILL. – Senior forward William Pelletier has signed his first professional contract on Thursday with the American Hockey League’s Rockford Ice Hogs.
Pelletier is on an amateur tryout contract (ATO) with Rockford, who is the AHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks. Rockford has eight games left in the regular season, including hosting the Texas Stars at 8 p.m. Eastern tonight.
Pelletier is the second player from this year’s 10-player senior class to sign a professional contract after goalie Ty Reichenbach signed with the Roanoke Rail Yard Dogs of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL).
Pelletier was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Championship after leading the Cadets to their fourth national championship title with a 4-1 win over Trinity (Conn.).
Pelletier is a two-time American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-American selection. He scored 18 goals and notched 28 assists for 46 points to rank fourth in NCAA Division III in points. He won four straight Northfield Savings Bank Holiday Tournament Most Valuable Player awards and was a two-time NEHC All-Conference selection.
Pelletier finished his career with 54 goals and 75 assists for 129 points in 84 career games. He ranks 22nd all-time in program history in career points.
Pelletier will wear No. 15 with Rockford and he is just the second player in Norwich hockey program history to make the jump straight from college to the AHL. Frank Simonetti ’84 was the first player in NU history to do that with the Providence Bruins.
The Ice Hogs are 22-34-9-3 with 56 points and sit in eighth place in the Central Division.
Kyle Thomas ’13 played in the AHL earlier this year for the Cleveland Monsters, the affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets. He is now back with the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL.