The Wild has retained the services of another defenseman, as Minnesota has agreed to terms with Chay Genoway
with a two-year deal.
The University of North Dakota product spent nearly all of last season with the Houston Aeros, the Wild’s American Hockey League affiliate, before being recalled to the big club. Genoway made his NHL debut in the Wild’s last game of the season against the Phoenix Coyotes on April 7, 2012, recording one assist in 18:16 of ice time.
An offensive-minded defenseman, the Swan River, Manitoba native racked up 36 points (7-29=36) in his first season of pro hockey with the Aeroes.
Genoway’s contributions to Houston didn’t end on the ice. He was named the Aeros' winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Houston community during the 2011-12 season.
Before signing with the Wild as a free agent last summer, the 25 year old spent five years at North Dakota. He suffered a year-ending injury during the 2009-10 season and was granted a medical redshirt to return for a fifth season. Genoway returned with a vengeance in 2010-11. In 36 games, Genoway posted 8 goals and 31 assists. He captained UND to the Broadmoor Trophy, awarded to the WCHA playoff championship, and a Frozen Four appearance.
Genoway scored 127 career points in college, good for fourth among defensemen all-time at UND. He was an All-WCHA First Team selection in his final year.
Genoway joins forwards Matt Kassian, Chad Rau and Stephane Veilleux to re-sign with the Wild this week.