New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a professional contract with defenseman Jeff State
of the Merrimack Warriors of Hockey East (HE). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
State, 22, skated in 35 matches as a sophomore with Merrimack last season, registering nine assists, along with 84 penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating. His 84 penalty minutes ranked first on the team while his nine assists ranked him second on the team among defensemen. He also recorded a team-high 16 penalty minutes on November 17 at Niagara.
The 6-6, 235-pounder has spent the last two campaigns with the Warriors, appearing in 70 career matches, registering one goal and 11 assists for 12 points, along with 142 penalty minutes. The Buffalo, New York native skated one season with the Burlington Cougars (OPJHL) prior to attending Merrimack, registering 11 goals and 21 assists for 32 points, along with 108 penalty minutes.