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by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed defenseman Chris Summers to an entry level contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Summers, 22, recently completed his senior season at the University of Michigan, recording 4-12-16 and 28 penalty minutes (PIM) in 40 games while serving as team captain of the Wolverines. Summers played in 163 career games at Michigan over four seasons, finishing with 16-44-60 with 191 PIM and a +66 rating.

In 2008-09, Summers served as a co-captain for Michigan and registered career-highs in assists (13) and points (17) while being named a finalist for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Defensive Defenseman of the Year award and earning All-CCHA honorable mention status.

As a sophomore in 2007-08, the 6-foot-3, 202-pound Summers recorded 2-11-13 and a career-best +27 rating while helping Michigan to an appearance in the Frozen Four. He also represented Team USA at the 2008 World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic, helping lead the team to a fourth place finish while serving as an alternate captain. In 2006-07, Summers recorded 6-8-14 in 41 games as a freshman for Michigan, earning honorable mention on the CCHA All-Rookie Team. He also won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2006 Under-18 World Championship in Sweden.

A native of Milan, Michigan, Summers was originally selected by the Coyotes in the first round (29th overall) of the 2006 Entry Draft. He will report to the Coyotes’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.
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