ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed forward Justin Kloos to a two-year, entry-level contract starting with the 2017-18 season. He will report to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL) on an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO) for the remainder of this season.
Kloos, 23 (11/30/93), recorded 43 points (18-25=43), including six game-winning goals and six power-play tallies in 38 games during his senior season with the University of Minnesota. The two-year team captain led the Gophers in GWG, ranked second in PPG and third in assists and goals during his senior season. The 5-foot-9, 182-pound native of Lakeville, Minn., tallied 150 points (63-87=150) in 155 games in four seasons at the University of Minnesota and did not miss a game during his collegiate career. He was named Second Team All-Big Ten and earned the John Mariucci Most Valuable Player Award and the Elwin "Doc" Romnes Leadership & Sportsmanship Award following the 2015-16 season. Kloos was also named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team in 2015 and 2016.
He led the Gophers and ranked fourth in the Big Ten in scoring in 2015-16 with 43 points (16-27=43) in 37 contests. Kloos led the Gophers with 16 goals during his freshman season in 2013-14 and was named the NCAA West Regional Most Outstanding Player and an All-Tournament Team member as Minnesota advanced to the NCAA championship game. He led the state in scoring with 103 points in 31 games during his senior season at Lakeville South High School and was honored as the 2012 Minnesota Mr. Hockey Award winner, helping Lakeville South to an appearance in the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament.