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Wings add Michigan native Porter

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings
Kevin Porter, who won the 2008 Hobey Baker Award as the top collegiate player in the U.S., will add depth at forward for the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins. (Photo by Getty Images)

DETROIT – The Red Wings signed unrestricted free agent and Detroit area native Kevin Porter to a one-year, two-way contract on Tuesday, the first day of the NHL’s annual free agency period.

The Hobey Baker Award winner as the best U.S. college player in 2008, the former University of Michigan standout split the past two seasons between the Buffalo Sabres and their AHL affiliate in Rochester.

Porter tweeted, “Being from Detroit I couldn't be any happier to be joining the Detroit Red Wings organization this next season. #MadeInDetroit”

Porter played four seasons at Michigan, and was captain his senior season for the Wolverines under legendary coach and former Red Wings forward Red Berenson. Porter is UM’s all-time leading goal scorer (85) and ranks second in career points (183) and fourth in assists (98).

In six NHL seasons, Porter has produced 29 goals and 55 points in 206 games with Phoenix, Colorado and Buffalo. He played in the AHL All-Star Game two seasons ago when he finished second in team scoring with 44 points in 48 games. Porter was a fourth-round draft pick of the Coyotes in 2004.

Signing the 28-year-old Porter will provide the Red Wings’ organization with versatile depth at forward as he can play all three positions up front.

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