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Miele Excited to Turn Pro, Join Coyotes

by Jerry Brown | Correspondent / Arizona Coyotes
GLENDALE -- One week ago, Andy Miele was on the ice in Manchester, N.H., trying to lead Miami of Ohio to the Frozen Four for the third time. Seven days later he landed in Arizona, preparing for his first NHL practice with a chance to help the Phoenix Coyotes reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Andy Miele
The 5-foot-9, 180-pound center, who went undrafted but had the attention of more than 20 NHL teams after leading the NCAA in scoring this season, signed with the Coyotes on Saturday. He arrived in Phoenix Saturday evening and will practice with the team on Monday.

"It's been the most incredible week, but it might have taken a year off my life," said Miele, one of the three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award after collecting 24 goals and 71 points in just 39 games as a senior for the RedHawks. "I can't believe that a week ago I was playing my last college game and this week I'm a pro."

Miele had plenty of suitors, but he said his meetings with general manager Don Maloney convinced him that Phoenix was the best situation – and the best fit. He isn't eligible for the postseason – he signed after the trade deadline – but could help over the final week of the regular season...

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