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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Santorelli leaves NMU for Preds

Mike Santorelli finally made it official and signed with the Nashville Predators.

It had been rumored since April that he would forego his senior season at Northern Michigan.

Santorelli, 21, earned a spot on the 2006-07 RBK Hockey All-American West Team (Second Team) and the All-CCHA First Team.

The Vancouver native led the CCHA in goals (30) and power-play goals (11) and also led the Wildcats in points (30g-17a-47pts) and plus-minus rating (+6). Following the season, the 6-foot, 190-pound forward was honored at Northern Michigan with the Gary Emmons Most Valuable Player Award, the Bill Joyce Best Forward Award and the Steve Bozek Plus-Minus Award.

“Our program, as a whole, is happy for Mike and we wish him the best,” NMU head coach Walt Kyle, said. “We are in the business of helping young men pursue their dreams and it was a pleasure to work with Mike the last three seasons.”

Santorelli was originally Nashville’s sixth choice, 178th overall (sixth round), in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. His brother, Mark, a forward for the WHL’s Chilliwack Bruins, was drafted by Nashville in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

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