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Published April 13, 2011, 07:25 PM

Avalanche Sign Brad Malone to Entry-level Contract

The Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Brad Malone to an entry-level contract after he finished up his senior season at North Dakota.

By: Associated Press,

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Brad Malone to an entry-level contract after he finished up his senior season at North Dakota.

Malone will join the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League for the start of the playoffs.

A fourth-round pick in 2007, Malone is coming off a season in which he helped the Fighting Sioux to the NCAA Frozen Four. He had 40 points and a team-high 108 penalty minutes in 43 contests.

Malone, 21, also delivered the crushing check in an Oct. 30 game at North Dakota that left University of Denver's Jesse Martin with a broken neck. Martin underwent surgery to insert a screw into the broken vertebrae and realign two others. But he is walking again as he continues to steadily recover from the hit.

Hockey runs in Malone's family as his uncle, Greg, suited up for 11 seasons in the NHL, while his cousin, Ryan, plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The 6-foot-2, 207-pound Malone departed the Fighting Sioux as one of just four players in team history to finish with more than 75 career points and 275 penalty minutes.

"Brad just finished a strong four-year college career and we look forward to him beginning his pro career with Lake Erie," Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman said.

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