Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/02/05 at 07:18 PM ET
The future is now for Matt Ellis. After three seasons in the Detroit Red Wings minor league system, Ellis heads to training camp later this month optimistic that his own talent and hard work along with fallout from the National Hockey League's new CBA give him his first legitimate chance at calling the Motor City home. Ellis, who turned 24 on August 31, recently signed a two-year contract with the Red Wings after receiving a qualifying offer from the team in the summer. Last year with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League, Ellis had 18 goals and 23 assists in 79 games. Since signing as a free agent in 2002 following four years with the St. Michael's Majors of the OHL, Ellis has worked his way up the Red Wings' depth chart. Recently married, Ellis -- a graduate of the Welland Minor Hockey Association and former winner of the Golden Horseshoe Junior B Hockey League's rookie of the year award -- says he is glad to have the security of a two year deal especially following the uncertainty of last season.
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