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RoughRiders Alum Purcell Signs With Los Angeles Kings
04/27/07 - United States Hockey League (USHL) Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa- Former Cedar Rapids RoughRiders forward Ted Purcell has signed with the National Hockey League's Los Angeles Kings.
Purcell, 21, inked a multi-year, entry level contract and will begin his professional career at the Kings' June development camp. He played for the RoughRiders from 2003 to 2005 before skating for the University of Maine this season.
"Playing for the RoughRiders was a great experience and playing in the United States Hockey League for two seasons really helped my development and helped in getting to this point," said Purcell. "I learned so much from [RoughRiders] Coach [and General Manager Mark] Carlson and the fans in Cedar Rapids were so supportive."
Purcell turns professional after earlier this month capping off a standout freshman season by helping Maine reach the NCAA Frozen Four. The St. John's, Newfoundland, native was named Hockey East Rookie of the Year after scoring 16 goals and totaling 43 points in 40 games with the Black Bears this season. Purcell led Hockey East freshmen in goals, assists and points. Overall, he finished tied for second in the conference in assists, tied for seventh in points and tied for ninth in goals.