What's better than graduating with a degree with from the University of Wisconsin? How about signing a professional hockey contract on the same day.
Senior center Jefferson Dahl inked a deal on Saturday to play next season with EHC Klostersee in Germany. Dahl confirmed the news to Bucky's 5th Quarter via text message Saturday night.
A native of Eau Claire, Wis., Dahl finished his four-year career at UW with 17 goals and 47 points including four goals and 19 points as a senior. Dahl was also a vital part of Wisconsin's penalty killing units over the past few seasons in addition to his leadership role on the club. Dahl also won the award as the Badgers' top faceoff man last season, winning almost 54 percent of his draws as a senior.
EHC Klosterse is based out of Grafing, Germany, which is about 20 minutes outside of Munich.
Prior to his time at Wisconsin, Dahl spent two seasons in the USHL, one each with the Green Bay Gamblers and the Youngstown Phantoms. Before that, Dahl won a state championship at Eau Claire Memorial, where he was named Mr. Hockey as a senior in 2007-08.
Dahl is the seventh skater from the Badgers to sign a professional deal since they were eliminated in the NCAA tournament by North Dakota. Fellows seniors Michael Mersch (Los Angeles Kings), Tyler Barnes (San Antonio Rampage), Frankie Simonelli (Providence Bruins) and Joe Faust (Albany Devils) signed shortly after the season ended. So did underclassmen Nic Kerdiles (Anaheim Ducks) and Jake McCabe (Buffalo Sabres).
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