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Pro Hockey: Archibald signs with Penguins

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Brainerd High School graduate Josh Archibald capped an implausible award-winning week Saturday night when he signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins affiliate in the American Hockey League.

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Archibald signed an amateur tryout agreement (ATO) with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (Penn.) Penguins. He’s tentatively scheduled to make his debut in Wednesday’s home game against Providence.

The 2011 BHS graduate recently completed a record-setting junior season at the University of Nebraska-Omaha where he registered 29 goals, 14 assists and 62 penalty minutes in 37 games, setting school and career marks for goals scored in a season.

On Thursday night, the 21-year-old was voted the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Player and Forward of the Year.

Earlier Thursday, he was named one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award after leading the Mavericks in points (43) and ranking second in the NCAA in goals (29).

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Archibald recorded 10 multi-point conference games, while leading the NCHC with five game-winning goals. He scored seven of his 21 goals on power plays.

Archibald was the NCHC Offensive Player of the Week three times and the National Player of the Month for February. He compiled a 5-game conference goal streak and tallied six multi-goal games in NCHC play, including being the only player to record two hat tricks.

In 2011, Archibald was a sixth-round pick (174th overall) of the Penguins in the NHL Entry Draft. In three seasons with UNO, he totaled 94 points (58 goals, 36 assists) and 129 penalty minutes in 112 games.

SBN College Hockey rated him the ninth-best prospect in its list of the top 100 NHL prospects.

At BHS, Archibald scored 159 points in three varsity seasons (65 goals, 94 assists) and was a finalist for Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey Award. He is the Warriors’ all-time single-season assist leader (48 in 2010-11). His 78 points during his senior year are the most in one season by a Warrior.

Archibald could not be reached for comment Sunday.

MIKE BIALKA may be reached at mike.bialka@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5861. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bertsballpark.

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