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Dallas Stars Sign Michigan Wolverines Captain Tony Calderone To ELC

The undrafted right wing was captain of his team this season.

NCAA Hockey: Frozen Four-Michigan vs Notre Dame
Tony Calderone led the Michigan Wolverines to the 2018 NCAA Frozen Four.
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The Dallas Stars have signed 23-year-old University of Michigan forward Tony Calderone to a two-year entry-level contract, the club announced today.

The 6-0, 200-pound Calderone has played right wing for the Wolverines since 2014. He was a member of the university’s Big 10 Tournament championship team in 2016, along with fellow Michigan alumnus (and current Columbus Blue Jackets defender) Zach Werenski and Stars 2015 fifth-rounder Joseph Cecconi.

As 2017-18 captain, the senior recorded 25 goals and 20 assists in 40 games to lead the Wolverines in scoring. A huge performance in a two-game sweep of Wisconsin March 2-3 led to Calderone receiving NCAA First Star of the Week honors on March 6. He recorded six points (four goals, two assists) tallying his first career four-goal game and second career hat trick in the Wolverines’ 6-5 win over the Badgers on March 2nd, and assisting on two of Michigan’s seven goals in a 7-4 win on March 3rd. He was named second-team All-Big 10 on March 13.

Calderone ultimately led Michigan to the NCAA Frozen Four. Notre Dame scored with 5.2 seconds left in regulation to bounce the Wolverines from the 2018 NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament.

A native of Trenton, Michigan, Calderone came up through Victory Honda AAA hockey from 2007 to 2012. After graduating from U18, he played with the USHL’s Sioux Falls Stampede from 2012 to 2014. He was named to the USHL All-Rookie Team for 2012-13.

DBD prospect watcher Derek had this to say about the signing on Sunday afternoon:

He will join the Texas Stars on a try-out, allowing him to be part of the team during the Calder Cup playoffs while not burning off an entire year’s worth of his contract.