Paul LaDue re-signs with New York Islanders

The former Grand Forks Central and UND defenseman played with the Islanders' organization last season.

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Paul LaDue gets a high five from a fan after arriving back in Grand Forks after UND won the 2016 NCAA national championship in Tampa, Fla.
Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald

NEW YORK — Former Grand Forks Central and UND defenseman Paul LaDue will remain with the New York Islanders organization.

LaDue signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Islanders, the team announced Tuesday.

The contract is worth $1.525 million if he's in the NHL.

LaDue signed with the Islanders as a free agent last summer, playing one game in the NHL and 60 games with Bridgeport, their American Hockey League affiliate. He scored four goals and tallied 12 points with Bridgeport.

LaDue is entering his seventh full pro season. He spent the first five with the Los Angeles Kings organization, playing 69 NHL games with Los Angeles. Then, he played one season for Washington's AHL affiliate, Hershey.


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The parties agreed to a four-year, $2 million deal with a pair of two-year options that could extend the contract through the 2029-30 sports season.

LaDue is the 28th former UND player to sign an NHL contract for the 2022-23 season, and the fourth with the Islanders. Zach Parise, Brock Nelson and Collin Adams also are with New York.

There are 53 former UND players under pro contract for 2022-23. Goalie Clarke Saunders signed in France, but sustained an injury.

LaDue played three seasons with the Fighting Hawks from 2013-16, leading the program to three consecutive NCAA Frozen Fours. UND won the NCAA national championship during LaDue's junior season, beating Quinnipiac 5-1 in the title game in Tampa, Fla. He turned pro after that game.

Prior to UND, LaDue played two seasons with the Lincoln Stars in the United States Hockey League, one year with the Alexandria Blizzard in the North American Hockey League and two years at Grand Forks Central. In 2010, he helped Central win the North Dakota boys state championship.

UND in the pros

Collin Adams, New York Islanders
Jacob Bernard-Docker, Ottawa Senators
Brock Boeser, Vancouver Canucks
Drake Caggiula, Pittsburgh Penguins
Aaron Dell, San Jose Sharks
Derek Forbort, Boston Bruins
Rhett Gardner, Dallas Stars
Tyson Jost, Minnesota Wild
Matt Kiersted, Florida Panthers
Paul LaDue, New York Islanders
Brad Malone, Edmonton Oilers
Zane McIntyre, Minnesota Wild
Grant Mismash, Tampa Bay Lightning
Brock Nelson, New York Islanders
T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals
Zach Parise, New York Islanders
Shane Pinto, Ottawa Senators
Austin Poganski, Seattle Kraken
Colton Poolman, Calgary Flames
Tucker Poolman, Vancouver Canucks
Jake Sanderson, Ottawa Senators
Adam Scheel, Dallas Stars
Nick Schmaltz, Arizona Coyotes
Cole Smith, Nashville Predators
Troy Stecher, Arizona Coyotes
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
Jasper Weatherby, San Jose Sharks
Christian Wolanin, Vancouver Canucks

Connor Ford, Henderson Silver Knights
Cam Johnson, Charlotte Checkers
Luke Johnson, San Jose Barracuda
Nick Jones, Manitoba Moose
Jordan Kawaguchi, Texas Stars
Dillon Simpson, Cleveland Monsters
Keaton Thompson, Milwaukee Admirals

Jackson Keane, South Carolina Stingrays

Gabe Bast, Belfast (Northern Ireland)
Mike Cichy, Oswiecim (Poland)
Zach Driscoll, Glasgow (Scotland)
Harrison Feeney, Bollnas (Sweden)
Matt Frattin, Bolzano (Italy)
Chay Genoway, Salzburg (Austria)
Ludvig Hoff, Stavanger (Norway)
Joel Janatuinen, Hameenlinna (Finland)
Corban Knight, Omsk (Russia)
Danny Kristo, Michalovce (Slovakia)
Jean-Philippe Lamoureux, Villach (Austria)
Andrew MacWilliam, Salzburg (Austria)
Brendan O’Donnell, Dusseldorf (Germany)
Clarke Saunders, Anglet (France), injured
Jordan Schmaltz, Kloten (Switzerland)
Hayden Shaw, Nuremberg (Germany)
Rastislav Spirko, Debrecen (Hungary)
Adam Tambellini, Angelholm (Sweden)

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at
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