The Boston Bruins returned to a well that has proved fruitful for the franchise as of late, signing Minnesota Duluth defenseman Nick Wolff to one-year entry-level NHL contract. The agency representing Wolff — Veritas Hockey — announced the signing Wednesday.
It’s the second time in three seasons the Bruins have nabbed an undrafted free agent out of UMD, signing former captain Karson Kuhlman following the 2017-18 season. The Esko native, who missed time due to injury his year, has appeared in 44 games the last two seasons in Boston.
A 23-year-old native of Eagan, Minnesota, Wolff was a co-captain at UMD this season along with senior goaltender Hunter Shepard of Cohasset. Wolff helped lead the Bulldogs to three-straight NCAA Frozen Fours, three-straight national championship game appearances and back-to-back national championships in 2017-18 and 2018-19.
UMD won two NCHC Frozen Faceoff championships in Wolff’s four seasons. He and the Bulldogs missed out on a third league postseason title and third NCAA title due to the cancellation of the 2019-20 postseason due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A finalist for the NCHC's Defensive Defenseman of the Year Award, Wolff caps his UMD career with 14 goals and 39 assists in 156 games. Of those 156 games, 12 were in the NCAA tournament, leaving him two shy of the NCAA record.
Wolff’s relationship with the Bruins dates back to the summer of 2018 when he first attended the Bruins’ development camp as a free agent invitee. He returned last summer as well.
Wolff’s freshman teammate this season, Quinn Olson, is a 2019 third-round draft pick of the Bruins.