Spencer Abbott Signs with Toronto Maple Leafs
Former University of Maine men's ice hockey standout Spencer Abbott (Hamilton, Ontario) has signed a one-year entry level free agent contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, it was announced Wednesday by Brian Burke, President and General Manager. Abbott has also signed an amateur tryout contract with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League and will join the Marlies for the remainder of the regular season and Calder Cup playoffs.
Abbott led Maine and the nation in scoring during the 2011-2012 season with 21 goals and 41 assists for 62 points. He tallied four power play goals and a pair of game-winners.
The honors have been impressive for Abbott this season. He was named the 2012 Hockey East Player of the Year and was the lone unanimous selection to the Hockey East First Team. Abbott is one of 10 finalists for the 2012 Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the nation's top college hockey play. He was named the Leonard Fowle Award for Most Valuable Player in New England and also the Herb Gallagher Award for Best Forward in New England earlier this week. In addition, he was named to the New England All-Star Team and the College Hockey News First Team.
For his career, Abbott played in 151 career games and scored 54 goals and 92 assists for 146 career points. He finished tied for 17th on Maine's all-time scoring list.
He is the second Black Bear to sign this week, joining classmate Will O'Neill who inked a deal with the Winnipeg Jets.