Former St. Cloud State men's hockey forward Jake Wahlin has signed his first pro contract.

Wahlin, a 23-year-old from St. Paul, is signed to play for the Rapid City Rush of the ECHL. The ECHL is the "AA" affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes.

Wahlin had four goals, eight assists, six penalty minutes and was a plus-5 in 34 games last season for the Huskies. In four seasons, Wahlin had 16 goals, 40 points and 44 penalty minutes in 127 games with the Huskies.

"I can't begin to express how excited I am to be turning professional," Wahlin said in a news release. "It's such a great feeling to have a home as a new pro and to have it in Rapid City is very special.

"My biggest attributes on the ice are energy and speed. I'm not afraid to blaze in the zone, crash some bodies and try to create offense with my speed. Heading into my first year, I expect to see everything: success, adversity, great times and great fans."

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Before getting to St. Cloud State, Wahlin played for the Tri-City Storm in the United States Hockey League and had more than 200 points in three seasons playing for White Bear Lake High School. In the spring, he received his undergraduate degree in marketing.

Wahlin, who helped St. Cloud State win back-to-back NCHC regular season titles, is the third Huskies player to sign a pro contract since the end of last season. Defenseman Jack Ahcan signed a deal with the Boston Bruins and defenseman Clark Kuster signed with the ECHL's Kalamazoo Wings.

The ECHL announced Wednesday that the 2020-21 hockey season will be delayed with an anticipated start date of Dec. 4, 2020. The league still plans on completing a 72-game regular season.

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