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Avalanche sign Harvard star Kerfoot

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(TSX / STATS) -- The Colorado Avalanche signed forward Alexander Kerfoot to a two-year, entry-level contract through the 2018-19 season, the team announced Thursday.

Kerfoot became a free agent last week when his rights with the New Jersey Devils expired. New Jersey initially selected the now-23-year-old British Columbia native in the fifth round of the 2012 draft.

"We are thrilled that Alexander decided to sign with the Avalanche," Colorado general manager Joe Sakic said. "He's a highly skilled, playmaking center who is responsible at both ends of the ice. We look forward to seeing him take the next step of his hockey career with our organization."

After being drafted by the Devils, Kerfoot played two-plus seasons with the Coquitlam Express of the British Columbia Hockey League before enrolling at Harvard. Kerfoot ended his four-year college career with 123 points (36 goals, 87 assists) in 121 contests.

Kerfoot served as the Crimson's co-captain during his senior season in 2016-17. He collected 16 goals and 29 assists in 36 games last season to help Harvard to the ECAC and Ivy League championship as well as a trip to the NCAA Frozen Four.

Kerfoot was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award and earned NCAA (East) Second Team All-American, ECAC Hockey First Team, All-Ivy League First Team and New England D-I All-Star honors.

Updated August 24, 2017

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