Big Rapids, Mich. - Senior forward Matthew Kirzinger of the Ferris State University men's ice hockey squad has signed an amateur tryout contract (ATO) with the American Hockey League's (AHL) St. John's IceCaps as announced on Friday (March 22) by the franchise's parent club, the Winnipeg Jets, of the National Hockey League.
Kirzinger, 25, played in 11 games for the Bulldogs during the 2012-13 campaign after missing most of the campaign due to injury. In his time on the ice, the Leroy, Saskatchewan, native recorded four points on a goal and three assists with 17 penalty minutes.
Over his four-year career at Ferris State, Kirzinger played in 130 contests and registered 68 points on 27 goals and 41 assists with a total of 165 penalty minutes. His totals included nine power play goals, four short-handed goals and six game-winning markers. He also added 84 blocks and totaled 286 shots in his FSU career.
As a junior in 2011-12, Kirzinger played a key role in the Bulldogs' run to the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) regular-season title and the program's first-ever historic NCAA Frozen Four appearance. He placed second among the team's scoring leaders in 2011-12 with 34 points on 10 goals and 24 assists in 42 games as FSU reached the national championship game.
Another former Ferris State University standout, defenseman Zach Redmond, is a current member of the Winnipeg organization and made his NHL debut with the Jets earlier this season before being sidelined with a season-ending injury.
The St. John's IceCaps are based in St. John's, New Foundland and Labrador in Canada. They are the Jets' top affiliate.