Utica Comets Director of Hockey Operations Pat Conacher announced today that the club has signed forward Mike Zalewski to an American Hockey League contract for the 2015-16 season.
A native of nearby New Hartford, N.Y., Zalewski spent last season with the Comets and collected 12 points (3-9-12), and 18 penalty minutes in 55 games through the course of the regular season. The 22-year-old rookie also appeared in all 23 Calder Cup Playoff games and recorded three points (1-2-3) and 14 penalty minutes.
He made his professional hockey debut with the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks during the 2013-14 season, where he collected an assist and a +2 rating in two games played.
Prior to joining the Canucks, he collected 26 points (9-17-26) in 35 games with the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Engineers in 2013-14 to rank fourth on the team in scoring. The 6’2”, 210 pound forward finished tied for first on the team in shorthanded goals with two. In 75 career NCAA games, Zalewski has compiled 47 points (21-26-47) and 75 penalty minutes.