The Vancouver Canucks signed forward Brock Boeser to a three-year entry-level contract on Saturday. The Minnesota native, who was selected by the Canucks with the No. 23 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, then scored in his NHL debut, a 4-2 win against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.
"Yeah, it's been crazy," Boeser said. "Obviously a heartbreak loss there with my North Dakota team but, you know, I had to regroup there and focus on this game. I definitely think adrenaline kicked in here for this whole game. … It's a dream come true."
Boeser, whose University of North Dakota team was knocked out of the NCAA tournament on Friday, scored what became the game-winning goal, giving Vancouver a 3-0 lead at 11:51 of the second period.
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Because Boeser, 20, has played for the Canucks this season, he will satisfy the first year of his contract.
Boeser was an alternate captain at North Dakota, scoring 34 points (16 goals, 18 assists) in 32 games this season. Last season, he had 60 points (27 goals, 33 assists) in 42 games for North Dakota, which won the NCAA Division I men's championship.
North Dakota was eliminated from the NCAA tournament with a 4-3 double-overtime loss to Boston University in the West Regional semifinals in Fargo, North Dakota.
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