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.