As Penn State hockey head coach Guy Gadowsky prepares another attempt at making an NCAA tournament run, two of his former standout players have found homes in the professional ranks.
The Nittany Lions have been building something special in the college hockey landscape, and the program is viewed nationally as one that is on the rise.
Sending a pair of former Penn State hockey standouts to the NHL will only bolster that reputation.
Two former Nittany Lions are NHL bound …
Alex Limoges ‘21
Former Penn State Hockey captain Alex Limoges signed a one-year entry level contract with the Winnipeg Jets for the 2022-23 season earlier Thursday.
Limoges’ contract has an average annual value of $780,000. He becomes the 11th Nittany Lion in program history to ink an NHL contract.
The forward collected 125 points (51 goals, 74 assists) in his 128 game Penn State hockey career.
Limoges led the nation with 50 points during the 2018-19 season. His 50 points and 23 goals during that time still stand a single season records for the youthful hockey program.
After completing his senior season in 2020-21, Limoges joined the San Diego Gulls, an AHL affiliate for the Anaheim Ducks, for the remainder of the season.
He finished with 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 23 games. The 24-year-old resigned with the Gulls and played 62 games in 2021-22 tallying 40 points (23 goals,17 assists).
Brandon Biro ‘20
Brandon Biro has found himself a new contract with the Buffalo Sabres.
The former Nittany Lion has signed a 2-year contract with an average annual value of $762,500 the team announced last Friday.
Biro was very productive last year for the AHL Rochester Americans scoring 41 points (12 goals, 29 assists) in 48 games. He made his NHL debut for the Sabres on
February 23 rd before returning to the Americans.
During his four-year Penn State Hockey career, Biro tallied 115 points (41 goals, 75 assists) good for fifth all-time in program history.
It will be interesting to see if this increasing number of Nittany Lions reaching the professional level will help with the current program in recruiting. It may take a few players holding a consistent NHL roster spot before we see the needle really start to move.
For a program that has only been at the NCAA Division 1 level for just over a decade, this is certainly a positive sign.
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