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College men's hockey: Bulldogs senior Iafallo signs with LA Kings

Minnesota Duluth head coach Scott Sandelin, right, and senior wing Alex Iafallo talk while watching the team during its April 7 practice at 2017 NCAA Frozen Four at the United Center in Chicago. (Clint Austin /

One of college hockey’s more sought after undrafted free agents has found a home.

Minnesota Duluth senior wing Alex Iafallo signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, capping a two-week vetting process that included meetings with at least eight NHL franchises.

Iafallo, 23, had the opportunity to leave the Bulldogs early each of the previous two seasons, but the native of Eden, N.Y., decided to stay in school and finish his degree in organizational management. In the process, he also elevated his stock in professional hockey.

“At the end of the day, I went with my gut feeling and went with the most opportunity for myself as a player,” Iafallo said. “As a left winger with a lot of speed, I feel like I can use that to my advantage in L.A.”

Iafallo was a key component to the Bulldogs’ run to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff championship at Target Center in Minneapolis and berth in the NCAA championship game, where UMD lost 3-2 to Denver at United Center in Chicago.

After scoring between 22-25 points his first three seasons in Duluth, Iafallo had a career year as a senior, posting 21 goals and 30 assists for 51 points in 42 games in earning first-team All-America honors by the American Hockey Coaches Association. He finished the season on a 15-game point streak that included nine goals and 15 assists.

“Staying back really helped me become a more mature player, just finding out the right things to do during the offseason to get better,” Iafallo said. “It gave me a lot more opportunities to play in the NHL.”

Iafallo attended the Tampa Bay Lightning development camp the previous two summers, as well as the Boston Bruins camp two summers ago.

Matt Wellens

College hockey reporter for the Duluth News Tribune covering the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs men's and women's teams, as well as the NCAA Division III programs at St. Scholastica and Wisconsin-Superior.

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