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Mark Zengerle set to sign professional contract with AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins

Mark Zengerle will start his professional career in the AHL next season with the Grand Rapids Griffins, farm club for the Detroit Red Wings.

Mark Zengerle celebrates after scoring the game winning goal in the Big Ten Championship
Mark Zengerle celebrates after scoring the game winning goal in the Big Ten Championship
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Former Wisconsin center Mark Zengerle has agreed to terms on a one-way American Hockey League contract for next season with the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Zengerle led the Badgers in assists (34) and points (44) last season as a senior, and also chipped in 10 goals during his final season in Madison. Zengerle completed his four-year career at Wisconsin averaging over one point per game, finishing with 162 points in 151 games.

One of the highlights of Zengerle's career at Wisconsin came last spring at the Big Ten Tournament when the Rochester, N.Y., native scored in overtime against Ohio State to earn the Badgers the inaugural Big Ten Tournament championship.

Grand Rapids is the top affiliate for the Detroit Red Wings. The last Wisconsin player to play for the Griffins was Brendan Smith, who is now a regular on defense with the Red Wings.

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