MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Hockey team has seen three players sign to teams in the American Hockey League.
Senior Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, Calif.) signed a three-year deal with the Grand Rapids Griffins that will last through the 2020-21 season. Loggins joins the Detroit Red Wings top affiliate after earning Western Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Year honors after he finished his senior season 23 goals and 17 assists for 40 total points. His 23 goals placed him in a tie for second in the NCAA while finishing the year tied for first nationally with 10 power play goals and three shorthanded goals. He also led the country with 155 shots on goal. He was a two-time First Team All-WCHA selection. Loggins was a scratch this past weekend, his first with the team.
Senior Goaltender Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) signed a contract with the Syracuse Crunch for the remainder of the 2018-19 season. Tolvanen re-wrote the NMU record book as he leaves the Wildcats as the all-time leader in saves, 3,564, games played, 137, and shutouts, 13. He also holds the single-game saves record after posting 58 saves in a victory at Michigan Technological University. Starting in all 39 games this season, the senior added three points including become the fourth goaltender in NCAA history to score a goal off his own shot in a 5-3 victory over Michigan Tech in the Berry Events Center. Tolvanen was a two-time WCHA Goaltender of the Year and made 26 saves Sunday in his first appearance for the Tampa Bay Lightning affiliate.
Senior Adam Rockwood (Coquitlam, B.C.) has signed an amateur tryout with the Florida Panthers affiliate, Springfield Thunderbirds. He finished his NMU career with 15 goals and 68 assists. The senior was named to Second Team All-WCHA both his junior and senior seasons. Rockwood has played in two games for the Thunderbirds and recorded an assist Friday night in his debut.
The trio helped the Wildcats to a second-straight home WCHA Semifinals series and a second-straight second-place finish in the WCHA regular season.