The Boston Bruins have signed forward Colton Hargrove to a NHL entry-level contract. They originally selected him in the 2012 NHL Draft.
Hargrove spent two seasons in the USHL with the Fargo Force (2010-12), producing 65 points (29g, 36a) and a plus-10 rating while racking up 249 penalty minutes over 110 USHL regular season games. In his fourth game in the League, he netted two goals, including the game-winner for the Force in a 3-1 victory against Sioux City on October 10th, 2010. He would go on to put up 27 points (13g, 14a) in 56 games during his first season.
The forward followed up with 38 points (16g, 22a) in 54 games during the 2011-12 campaign, finishing third on the Force in scoring. Six of his goals were game-winners, tying for fourth in the USHL. During one stretch, he produced an eight-game point streak in which he accumulated 11 points (5g, 6a), posted a plus-nine record, and led Fargo to an 8-0-0 record. Hargrove tallied a natural hat trick on March 10th, 2012 which included a pair of shorthanded goals, tying a USHL record for shorthanded goals in one game.
Following his second USHL season, Hargrove was selected by the Boston Bruins in the seventh round (205th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.
The 22-year-old recently completed his third college hockey season at Western Michigan University where he totaled 62 points (34g, 28a) and posted a plus-26 rating in 105 career games at the school. He was second on the team in scoring this season with 28 points (14g, 14a) over 34 contests.
Hargrove is a native of Rockwall, Texas and played youth hockey for the Dallas Penguins and Dallas Stars U18 program. He also played for the St. Louis Blues U18 program before coming to the USHL.
USHL stats – Colton Hargrove
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 13th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2014-15. A record 35 players were chosen in the 2014 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters this season are committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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