Saturday, April 2, 2011
GLENDALE, ARIZONA ---
Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed free agent center Andy Miele from the Miami University RedHawks (CCHA) to an entry level deal.
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Miele is the leading scorer in NCAA hockey and is one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award which is the annual award given to the NCAA’s best hockey player. The winner of the Hobey Baker Award will be announced on Friday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. EST at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota as part of the NCAA’s Frozen Four weekend. The announcement will be carried live on ESPNU.
|Andy Miele notched 71 points in 39 games this season playing for Miami University. |
“We are very pleased to sign Andy,” said Maloney. “He is a highly skilled and competitive player who had a great season at Miami University. He was one of the most sought after NCAA free agents in the nation and is a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. We look forward to watching him develop and being a part of our organization for years to come.”
The 5-foot-9, 180 pound Miele had an outstanding 2010-11 season with Miami University, leading the RedHawks and the entire NCAA with 24-47-71 in just 39 games. Miele averaged an impressive 1.82 points per game while his 24 goals tied for 10th in the country. His 71 points are 11 more than anyone else in the nation this year and the most since Colorado College’s Peter Sejna totaled 82 points in 2002-03. Miele ranks second on Miami’s single-season assists list and has recorded the most assists since 1978-79. In addition, he is tied for second in single-season points at Miami, which is also the most points since 1978-79.
The 22-year-old native of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan has earned several honors this year including being named the CCHA Player of the Year and the First-Team All-CCHA and CCHA Tournament MVP after leading the RedHawks to their first Mason Cup in school history in March.
Miele, an assistant captain, captured the CCHA scoring title in a landslide, recording 56 points in league play - the most by any player since 1991-92. His 40 assists in CCHA play also ranked first and more than anyone else had points (marking the first time it’s occurred in CCHA history and the most points registered since 1996-97). His 16 goals in the CCHA tied for second in the league. In 141 career NCAA games with Miami University, Miele collected 60-100-160 and 134 penalty minutes.
Miele will fly into Phoenix tomorrow (Sunday) and will join the Coyotes for practice on Monday at 11:00 a.m. at Jobing.com Arena.