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Red Wings sign Princeton forward Ryan Kuffner to entry-level deal

March 12th, 2019 by Alex DiFilippo /

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today signed forward Ryan Kuffner to a two-year entry-level contract.

Kuffner, 22, has spent the last four seasons at Princeton University, where he totaled 75 goals in 132 games to become the university’s all-time leading goal scorer. During his senior campaign in 2018-19, Kuffner’s 22 goals led the ECAC and was fourth in the nation. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound forward also led the nation this season in points-per-game (1.419). During his junior year, Kuffner paced Princeton with 29 goals and was second on the team in scoring with 52 points en route to being named a Second-Team All-American and helping the Tigers to an ECAC Tournament Championship and an automatic berth into the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament. In all, Kuffner recorded 152 points (75-77-152) in 132 games with Princeton. He was also a member of the ECAC All-Academic Team in each of his first three seasons (2015-18), with awards for this season to be announced in the coming weeks.

Prior to his collegiate career, Kuffner played parts of three seasons (2013-15) for the Gloucester Rangers of the Central Canada Hockey League. With Gloucester, Kuffner totaled 115 points (55-60-115) in 101 games. The Ottawa, Ontario native also represented Team Canada at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge in Cobourg & Whitby, Ontario. Additionally, his great uncle, Edwin Gorman, played parts of four seasons in the NHL and won a Stanley Cup with the Ottawa Senators (1926-27).

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