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SCSU notebook: Easton Brodzinski signs AHL contract; Fitzgerald, Donohue become ECHL teammates

Fifth-year senior forward signs professional tryout contract with Hartford Wolfpack, the American Hockey League affiliate of the New York Rangers. Kevin Fitzgerald, Seamus Donohue make their debuts for the South Carolina Stingrays

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St. Cloud State forward Easton Brodzinski (26) celebrates after scoring on North Dakota goaltender Adam Scheel (31) in the first period Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Baxter Arena in the NCHC Pod in Omaha. Tyler Schank / Forum News Service

Easton Brodzinski could end up with some playing time with his older brother, Jonny.

Brodzinski, who recently completed his fifth year as a forward for the St. Cloud State men's hockey team, signed a professional tryout agreement with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League on Saturday. With a PTA, a player can play a maximum of 25 games with a team.

An undrafted free agent, Brodzinski had 12 goals, 27 points, 72 penalty minutes, four power-play goals and was a plus-2 in 36 games for the Huskies this season. In 176 career college games, Brodzinski had 67 goals, 125 points, 25 power-play goals, 13 game-winning goals and 198 penalty minutes. On St. Cloud State's NCAA Division I career lists, Brodzinski is first in games played, tied for first in game-winning goals, tied for first in shots on goal (474), sixth in goals, tied for sixth in power-play goals and 14th in points.

Brodzinski, a 25-year-old from Blaine, is the younger brother of Jonny, who played for the Huskies from 2012-15. Jonny has served as captain for Hartford and has 39 points in 36 games for the Wolf Pack this season. Jonny is currently in the NHL, playing for the Rangers.

Brodzinski could also face a former teammate on Saturday because the Wolf Pack play the Syracuse Crunch in a home game. The Crunch signed former St. Cloud State defenseman Nick Perbix to an amateur tryout contract on Thursday.


Fitzgerald, Donohue make debuts

Kevin Fitzgerald and Seamus Donohue, both of whom were graduate student players for the Huskies this season, have signed ECHL contracts with the South Carolina Stingrays.

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Fitzgerald and Donohue, who were both undrafted free agents, made their pro debuts on Friday. Both had assists on the game-winning goal for the Stingrays in overtime.

On Saturday, Fitzgerald scored his first pro goal.

The duo were both assistant captains each of the last two seasons for the Huskies. Fitzgerald, 25, led the Huskies in goals (17), points (36) and power-play goals (7), was a plus-12 and named to the All-NCHC Second Team. In his college career, Fitzgerald had 46 goals, 103 points, 10 power-play goals, seven game-winning goals and was a plus-29 in 163 games.

Donohue had one goal, 16 points, 30 penalty minutes and was a plus-1 for the Huskies this season. He played two seasons for SCSU after playing three seasons at Michigan Tech.

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Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014. mhatten@forumcomm.com

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