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Pair of former Cedar Rapids RoughRiders sign contracts with NHL teams

Cedar Rapids Roughrider's Adam Gaudette (18), attempts a pass with coverage from Dubuque's Dylan Gamberell (7) in the first period at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, March 21, 2015. (The Gazette)
Cedar Rapids Roughrider's Adam Gaudette (18), attempts a pass with coverage from Dubuque's Dylan Gamberell (7) in the first period at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, March 21, 2015. (The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — A pair of former Cedar Rapids RoughRiders players signed professional contracts with National Hockey League teams Monday.

Center Adam Gaudette signed a three-year, entry level deal with the Vancouver Canucks. Gaudette recently completed his junior season at Northeastern University and is a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given to college hockey’s top player.

The 21-year-old Massacusetts native played for the RoughRiders in the 2014-15 season and was drafted by Vancouver in the fifth round in 2015. He had 30 goals and 30 assists in 38 games this season for Northeastern.

Defenseman Mitch Reinke, meanwhile, has signed a free-agent contract with the St. Louis Blues. Reinke, 22, played the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons with the RoughRiders.

He just completed his sophomore season at Michigan Tech, where he had three goals and 21 assists in 35 games.

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