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Red Wings sign Wyatt Newpower to entry-level contract

Former University of Connecticut captain made pro debut with AHL Cleveland in 2020-21

by Kyle Kujawa @DetroitRedWings /

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings today signed defenseman Wyatt Newpower to a two-year entry-level contract.

Newpower, 23, skated in 24 games as a first-year pro with the American Hockey League's Cleveland Monsters in 2020-21, producing 10 points (3-7-10) to tie for 10th on the team in scoring, along with 14 penalty minutes and a team-leading plus-10 rating. The 6-foot-3, 194-pound blueliner made his professional debut on Feb. 12 vs. Rochester, picked up his first two AHL points with a pair of assists on Feb. 22 at Rockford and tallied his first professional goal on March 20 vs. Grand Rapids. Prior to signing a one-year AHL contract with Cleveland on April 6, 2020, Newpower concluded a four-year career at the University of Connecticut in 2019-20, pacing the team with a plus-23 rating and leading the school's defensemen with a collegiate career-best 22 points (3-19-22) in 34 games as captain of the Huskies. He tied for fifth on Connecticut in scoring and for sixth among all Hockey East defensemen.

A native of Hugo, Minn., Newpower totaled 47 points (11-36-47) and 68 penalty minutes in 114 games at Connecticut from 2016-20, capping off his career with the Hockey East Best Defensive Defenseman Award, as well as a spot on the Hockey East Second All-Star Team. Newpower also led his school's defensemen in points as a junior in 2018-19, notching 14 points (3-11-14) in 34 games. Prior to his collegiate career, Newpower skated four seasons at White Bear Lake High School in Minnesota, logging 73 points (19-54-73) and 81 penalty minutes in 101 games from 2012-16, where he was a two-time Defenseman of the Year Award winner.

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