Matt Frattin didn’t win the Hobey Baker Award, but Friday was a big day for another reason.
Frattin signed a pro contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs and he will get to make his NHL debut tomorrow night in the NHL’s biggest rivalry — Leafs vs. Canadiens.
The Leafs will burn a year of his two-year deal in order lock him up. If they did not, they would risk losing him, because he would have been a free agent come mid-August.
The game will be on Hockey Night in Canada in Grand Forks.
Frattin is taking the team bus to Grand Forks tonight and is expected to arrive around 1 or 2 a.m. Then, he will board a 7 a.m. flight out of Grand Forks that goes back through Minneapolis-St. Paul en route to Toronto. He had to go back because he didn’t have his passport.
The whole Sioux team stuck around for the award ceremony.
For more info, see the story at GrandForksHerald.com