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Capitals sign Gophers' Schmidt to two-year deal

Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 2:17 PM / News

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Capitals sign Gophers' Schmidt to two-year deal
Washington Capitals ink Gophers' Nate Schmidt to two-year deal.

The Washington Capitals added one of the top college free agent defensemen available Tuesday, signing Nate Schmidt from the University of Minnesota to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Schmidt, a junior who turns 22 years old in July, had 12 goals and 73 points in 72 games over the past two seasons for the Golden Gophers, including nine goals this season. He participated in Washington's summer development camp in the offseason, and will report to Arlington, Va., for practice with the Capitals on Wednesday.

He was named to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's all-league first team this season after being named to the second team as a sophomore.

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