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Former Bulldog, Greyhound Welinski signs with New York Rangers

Andy Welinski lands another one-year NHL deal, and will play for his fourth NHL organization in four seasons after previously being with the Anaheim Ducks, Philadelphia Flyers and the Calgary Flames.

Andy Welinski controls the puck
Anaheim Ducks defenseman Andy Welinski (45) controls the puck against the San Jose Sharks during the second period at SAP Center on April 14, 2021, in San Jose, California. After spending last season in the Calgary Flames organization, Welinski has signed with the New York Rangers.
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Former Minnesota Duluth captain and Duluth East standout Andy Welinski has signed a one-year deal with the New York Rangers for the 2022-23 season.

Welinski, 29, spent last season in the Calgary Flames organization, but didn’t see any time in the NHL. The defenseman played 52 games with the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League, posting four goals and 21 assists during the Heat’s run to the AHL Western Conference finals.

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The Rangers — whose AHL affiliate is the Hartford Wolfpack — are Welinksi’s fourth franchise in the last four years, having previously signed one-year deals with the Philadelphia Flyers (2019-20), Anaheim Ducks (2020-21) and Flames (2021-22) the past three years.

Welinski was with the Ducks organization — who drafted him in the third round in 2011 — for three seasons from 2016-19 after his career at UMD. He’s played 49 career games in the NHL — all with the Ducks — with his most recent stint coming during the 2020-21 season.

Welinski has 39 goals and 105 assists in 277 career AHL games over seven seasons.

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