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Walleye pick up three rookies


Toledo, Ohio – Forwards Jean-Paul LaFontaine and Kurt Etchegary, along with defenseman Andrew Prochno, have agreed to terms with the Toledo Walleye for the 2015-16 season.

The Walleye are the ECHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League and the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League.

LaFontaine, the nephew of former NHL forward Pat LaFontaine, has spent the past four years at Minnesota State University-Mankato where he picked up 127 points (48g-79a) in 156 contests. The 23-year-old posted a career best 20 goals with 20 assists during the 2013-14 season helping the Mavericks to a WCHA title. With 28 points (13g-15a) as a freshman in 2011-12, he was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team. The native of Faribault, Minn. spent one season playing for Green Bay of the USHL prior to his collegiate career with 48 points (15g-33a) over 60 games during the 2010-11 season.

Etchegary is a native of St. John’s, Newfoundland and has been team captain for the Quebec Remparts each of the past two seasons. This past season, the 20-year-old posted career highs with 25 goals, 35 assists and 90 penalty minutes. He also averaged over a point-per-game in the postseason with 26 points (8g-18a) in 22 games helping to lead the Remparts to an appearance in the Memorial Cup Finals. His QMJHL career spanned 208 games in which the 5’11", 190 pound forward had 137 points (53g-84a) and was a +39.

Prochno just completed his college career at St. Cloud State where the defenseman had 91 points (16g-75a) in 147 games played while posting a +50. The 23-year-old started his college career with a bang posting a career-best 29 points (5g-24a) in 38 games to land on the WCHA All-Rookie Team for 2011-12. He served as an assistant captain for the Huskies last season.