NAHL, Minotauros alum Madsen signs NHL deal with Arizona Coyotes
March 21, 2018
Arizona Coyotes (NHL) President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed former North American Hockey League (NAHL) and Minot Mintauros goaltender Merrick Madsen to a two-year entry-level contract. As per Club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
"Merrick is a big, skilled, athletic goaltender," said Chayka. "We're pleased with his development and excited to have him signed."
The 22-year-old Madsen has posted a 10-10-3 record with a .918 save percentage (SV%), a 2.27 goals against average (GAA) and has three shutouts in 24 games with Harvard University. Madsen has the sixth-best SV% and the fifth-lowest GAA in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).
The 6-foot-5, 190-pound native of Acton, California has a career record of 56-23-8 with a .924 SV%, 2.12 GAA and 10 shutouts in 91 career games for Harvard.
Madsen was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the sixth round (162nd overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, which came right before playing his lone season in the NAHL for Minot during the 2013-14 campaign.
During the 2013-14 season with Minot in the NAHL, Madsen appeared in 27 games and posted a 10-16-0 record with a 2.75 goals against average and a 90.4% save percentage.