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SAN JOSE SHARKS SIGN HOBEY BAKER FINALIST

COLTON PANKIW
MARCH 31, 2020  ·  18H36
San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson announced Tuesday afternoon that his club has agreed to terms with Hobey Baker finalist John Leonard.

“John is a high-end shooter who is creative with the puck,” said Wilson. “He took big steps in both his fitness level and all-around game and became one of the most dominant offensive players in college hockey this season. We are excited to see his continued growth as a member of the Sharks organization.”

The 21-year-old Leonard spent the last three seasons playing with Umass Amherst. This past season was his best with the team, as he put up 37 points in 33 games, with 27 of those being goals. His 27 goals set a Umass record, and was good enough to have him named to the Hockey East First All-Star team. His dominance was clear this season as he was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, which is given to the top National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s ice hockey player annually.



During his first year with the Minutemen, Leonard put up 28 points in 33 games. This was good enough to catch the attention of the Sharks, as they selected him in the sixth-round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to that, he had spent two seasons in the United States Hockey League with the Green Bay Gamblers.


JOHN
LEONARD
NHL TEAM: SAN JOSE SHARKS
BORN: AUGUST 7, 1998   
AMHERST, MA, UNITED STATES
POSITION: LEFT WING
PHYSICAL: 5' 11"  (185 LBS)
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