MANKATO, Minn. — Former Minnesota State University-Mankato forward Josh French has signed a pro contract to play for the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL. Adirondack is a minor league affiliate of the New Jersey Devils.

French, a 24-year-old from Woodbury, Minn., had 14 goals, 23 assists, 79 blocked shots and was a plus-25 in 149 career games with the Mavericks. As a senior in 2019-20, he had five goals, eight assists and was a plus-8 in 37 games.

French was a three-time WCHA Scholar-Athlete and a three-time WCHA All-Academic honoree.

He is the eighth Maverick player to sign their first pro contract since the end of the season. French will join former Maverick Nick Rivera with Adirondack. The other former MSU players to sign pro contracts since the end of the season are Marc Michaelis (Vancouver, NHL), Connor Mackey (Calgary, NHL), Charlie Gerard (Colorado, AHL), Parker Tuomie (Berlin, German league), Ian Scheid (Colorado, AHL) and Edwin Hookenson (Utah, ECHL).

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