Former Sioux defenseman Derrick LaPoint has signed his first pro hockey contract.
LaPoint inked with the Reading Royals, the ECHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins.
LaPoint, an Eau Claire, Wis., product, was drafted by the Florida Panthers but became a free agent on Aug. 15 after not signing with the organization.
During 149 career games, LaPoint tallied seven goals and 37 assists. He came to UND with a reputation for putting up big offensive numbers, but turned into one of UND’s best defensive players and a penalty kill specialist.
The only senior from last year’s team who has yet to sign a contract is forward Evan Trupp.
Moving on from last year’s team
Matt Frattin — Toronto Maple Leafs
Chay Genoway — Minnesota Wild
Brad Malone — Colorado Avalanche
Jason Gregoire — Winnipeg Jets
Brett Hextall — Phoenix Coyotes
Jake Marto — St. John’s IceCaps (AHL)
Derrick LaPoint — Reading Royals (ECHL)
Brent Davidson — Boras HC (Sweden)
Evan Trupp –TBA
Brett Bruneteau — University of Vermont
Mike Cichy — Western Michigan University