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Published April 08, 2011, 08:15 PM

Frattin Signs with Maple Leafs, Will Make NHL Debut Saturday

UND senior forward Matt Frattin signed a contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and is scheduled to make his NHL debut on Saturday against Montreal, a game that will be broadcast live from Toronto on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – University of North Dakota senior forward Matt Frattin has signed a contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the National Hockey League club confirmed today.

Frattin will make his NHL debut on Saturday against Montreal, a game that will be broadcast live from Toronto on the Canadian Broadcast Corporation’s (CBC) Hockey Night in Canada.

A fourth-round draft pick of Toronto in 2007, Frattin concluded his collegiate career on Thursday in UND’s NCAA Frozen Four semifinal loss to Michigan. Frattin, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, was named a first-team All-American after leading the nation with 36 goals, the most by a Fighting Sioux since 1990-91.

He was also a finalist for the prestigious Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the top player in men’s college hockey.

Frattin led the top-ranked Sioux with a career-high 60 points, and put together two of the five longest goal-scoring streaks in UND history. He scored in nine straight games from Jan. 29 to March 26, and in eight straight games from Nov. 27 to Jan. 8. He also had a career-long 15-game point streak ended in yesterday’s loss.

Frattin was an All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) First Team selection after winning the league’s scoring race with 40 points in 28 games. Frattin's 40 points during league play were the most by a Sioux since Jeff Panzer (49 points) and Bryan Lundbohm (40) in 2000-01, enabling him to become UND's first WCHA scoring champion since Ryan Duncan in 2006-07.

He was also named the national player of the year by College Hockey News, and was the most valuable player of the WCHA Final Five, where he scored the game-winning goal in both games to lead the Sioux to their second straight league playoff title.

Frattin finished his collegiate career with 119 points (64 goals, 55 assists) in 153 games, including 18 power-play goals, 10 game-winning goals, and four shorthanded goals. He registered a career-best +27 plus/minus rating as a senior, and finished his career with a +45.

A recreation and tourism major, Frattin was a two-time selection to the All-WCHA Academic Team.

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