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Colorado Signs Ben Meyers

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Ben Meyers to a two-year contract through the 2022-23 season.

Meyers, 23, just completed his junior year at the University of Minnesota, where he served as captain in 2021-22 and recorded 41 points (17g/24a) in 34 games. He led all Gophers skaters in points and goals, both career high marks, and also paced the team in game-winning tallies (5) and overtime goals (2). Meyers was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and was named one of three hat trick finalists for the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in college hockey. He was also named to the Big Ten First All-Star Team and was an NCAA West Second-Team All-American selection.

The Delano, Minn., native represented the United States at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China and registered four points (2g/2a) in four contests, finishing tied for second on the team in both goals and points.

Meyers has totaled 95 points (39g/56a) in 102 career NCAA contests with Minnesota. He served as an alternate captain his sophomore season in 2020-21 and was named an Honorable Mention All-Big 10 selection. As a freshman in 2019-20, Meyers was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team and was a finalist for the conference's Freshman of the Year award.

Prior to starting his collegiate career, Meyers played two seasons with the Fargo Force in the United States Hockey League from 2017-19. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound center served as an alternate captain for Fargo in his second campaign in 2018-19 and paced the club with 65 points and 33 goals. He was tied for fifth in the league in points and tied for third in goals while pacing the Force in both categories. He produced 110 points (58g/52a) in 124 career regular season USHL contests, setting an organizational record for most career regular-season goals. Meyers added eight points (5g/3a) in 19 total USHL postseason contests and helped Fargo capture the team's first USHL Clark Cup as league champions in 2018.

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So much for Minnesota being the favorite.

Posted by pnwwing on 04/13/22 at 03:08 PM ET

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The lore and mystique of Steve Yzerman apparently only works on Bobby Ryan.

Posted by ilovehomers on 04/13/22 at 03:49 PM ET

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The rich get richer

Posted by exor54 on 04/13/22 at 04:11 PM ET

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Wow. I’ll admit I don’t know Colorado’s depth, or what type of player this kid projects to be, but I’m not sure going to THE top contender was the best move for this kid to be honest. 

He’s not cracking their top 6 and in a bottom six role, a SC contender needs defensively reliable forwards, will he even make their lineup?  Now next season, you’d assume he would, and they will need cheap young talent, but again, he’s not getting meaningful time.  Interesting move, might result in winning a cup and never starting his career, who knows.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Window Seat on the Captain's Ship on 04/13/22 at 04:36 PM ET

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Well if he’s playing on that roster, I sincerely doubt his mind was on track to play for Detroit instead.  100% different situations.

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 04/13/22 at 08:07 PM ET

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Wow.
I knew the delaye meant he was not going to Minnesota but Colorado? Win now?

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 04/13/22 at 09:28 PM ET

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