The Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey program has seen a number of players sign NHL deals this spring after its run to the Frozen Four in Chicago.
Some were expected, like seniors Alex Iafallo (L.A. Kings) and Carson Soucy (Minnesota Wild). Others signings, such as freshman goaltender Hunter Miska (Arizona Coyotes) and sophomore defenseman Neal Pionk (New York Rangers), were not part of the program’s original plans.
One name has yet to cross the NHL transaction wire, however. That’s Duluth native Dominic Toninato, the senior forward and Toronto Maple Leafs’ 2012 fifth-round draft pick. Toninato was close to signing with the Leafs a year ago, but instead chose to return to UMD for his senior season to serve as captain.