Avalanche sign F Toninato to two-year contract

Aug 16, 2017 - 8:42 PM The Colorado Avalanche signed forward Dominic Toninato to a two-year, entry-level contract on Wednesday.

Toninato, 23, became a college free agent on Aug. 15 after wrapping up a four-year career with Minnesota Duluth in 2016-17, serving as team captain during his senior season.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound center registered 29 points (16 goals, 13 assists) in 42 games, helping the Bulldogs capture their first-ever National Collegiate Hockey Conference title and advancing to the NCAA Frozen Four championship game. He was named to the NCHC All-Tournament Team alongside current Avalanche forward Tyson Jost and named the league's best defensive forward, finishing with 29 blocked shots.

In 151 career games with Minnesota Duluth, Toninato accumulated 91 points (54 goals, 37 assists) and finished with a plus-43 rating.

"We are excited to announce that Dominic has decided to sign with our organization," Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said in a statement. "He is a big, responsible two-way center and represents a solid prospect for the future of our team."

A fifth-round selection of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2012 NHL draft, Toninato joined the USHL's Fargo Force and notched one goal in four contests. In his one full campaign with Fargo in 2012-13, the Duluth, Minn., native recorded a team-high 70 points (29 goals, 41 assists) in 64 games.

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