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UND's Nick Jones, Hayden Shaw sign pro deals

Nick Jones battles in front of the net during a game against Minnesota State-Mankato earlier this season. Photo by Nick Nelson/Grand Forks Herald

Two weeks ago, UND’s seniors were honored in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Last weekend, they played their last game for the program.

This week, they’re starting to split up as they begin their pro hockey careers.

On the same day that senior center Rhett Gardner signed an NHL deal with the Dallas Stars, two of his classmates signed with American Hockey League teams.

Senior center Nick Jones signed a two-year, one-way deal with the Hartford Wolf Pack in the AHL, according to Herald sources. His contract will start immediately. Hartford is the top minor-league affiliate of the New York Rangers.

Senior defenseman Hayden Shaw will soon sign with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose and begin his pro career with the Jacksonville (Fla.) Icemen of the ECHL. Manitoba and Jacksonville are minor-league affiliates of the Winnipeg Jets.

Jones spent two seasons at UND after transferring from Ohio State. He immediately became an impact player for the Fighting Hawks, tallying 50 points in 60 career games at UND. Jones spent both seasons as a top-six center, used in all situations.

Jones had nine goals and 20 points in 26 games this season. He missed nearly a third of the season with two separate injuries.

Shaw’s role gradually increased during his four years on UND’s blue line. He played on the team’s third defensive pairing as a rookie, sometimes alternating nights with fellow rookie Christian Wolanin on the 2016 NCAA national championship team.

Shaw is coming off of his best season at UND, finishing with three goals and 10 points in 37 games. Shaw had the best plus-minus of any UND defenseman this season at plus-11.

Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 14th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016 and 2018, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also was the NCHC's inaugural Media Excellence Award winner in 2018. Schlossman has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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