Penn State junior forward Andrew Sturtz has elected to forgo his senior hockey season and sign a two-year, entry-level contract with the Ottawa Senators, the program announced Wednesday.
Sturtz is the Nittany Lions’ all-time leading goal scorer with 54 in his career. He’s the fourth Penn State player in as many years to leave the team early to sign an NHL contract, with Casey Bailey (Toronto), Eamon McAdam (New York Islanders) and Vince Pedrie (New York Rangers) all preceding him. All three are playing in the American Hockey League.
Penn State's all-time leading goal scorer, Andrew Sturtz, has signed a two-year, entry-level NHL contract with the @Senators! Thank you, Andrew for everything you've given this program over the last three years! #WeAre #AndyValley #Sens
— Penn State Men’s Hockey (@PennStateMHKY) March 28, 2018
“We are extremely proud of Sturtzy, he’s an honors student who’s going to graduate with his degree from Penn State and he’s signing an NHL contract,” Penn State coach Guy Gadowsky said in a press release. “He made this program a heck of a lot better and he will always be an integral part of Hockey Valley.”
Sturtz holds program records for shorthanded goals (9) and game-winning goals (8). He led Penn State this season with a career-high 40 points (14 goals, 26 assists) and was was named a Big Ten honorable mention selection.
“This is a childhood dream come true; five or six years ago I didn’t even think I would be playing Division I hockey and then Matt Lindsay found me in Carleton Place [Central Canada Hockey League] and brought me to Penn State,” Sturtz said in the release. “Being a part of this university and hockey program has opened my eyes to something bigger, the hockey program here is certainly going in the right direction and I think I left it better than I found it.”