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It's now official: Devils sign Kinkaid

The New Jersey Devils officially announced Monday what was reported here late Friday night in that they have signed Union College goalie Keith Kinakid to an entry-level contract.

Kinkaid gives up the final two years if his college eligibility. He won the Ken Dryden Award as ECAC Hockey's top goalie, posting a 17-3-2 record with a 1.90 goals-against average, a .926 save percentage and two shutouts, helping lead the Dutchmen to the ECACH regular season title. Kinkaid was named All-ECACH first team.

Overall, Kinkaid was 25-10-3 with a 1.99 GAA, a .920 save percentage and three shutouts. He was named an All-America.

Kinkaid has a career record of 37-18-6 mark with a 2.18 GAA, a .917 save percentage and four shutouts.

Kinkaid will speak to the media later today.

Here some statements from the Union press release.

"It was a tough decision to make but a great opportunity presented itself and I decided to take advantage of it," Kinkaid said. "Although my time at Union was not as long as planned, these past two years have been two of the best of my life, and I owe it to my coaches and teammates for all the success we have had. There's not a better group of guys and coaches that I could say I've been a part of. I wish everyone at Union all the best."

"I would like to congratulate Keith on signing an NHL contract with the New Jersey Devils," Union coach Nate Leaman said. "In his two years at Union, Keith developed into one of the top goaltenders in the nation, leading the team to our first Cleary Cup and NCAA tournament appearance. We wish him the best in his future as he will always be part of the Union College hockey family."

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