CALGARY – Kodie Curran has taken an unorthodox route to a contract with the NHL.
The former Dinos defender from the University of Calgary signed a two-year, one-way contract with the Anaheim Ducks.
The contract is worth 2 million US dollars, according to CapFriendly.com.
Curran played for the Dinos from 2010 to 2015.
The 30-year-old Calgarian has spent the last two seasons in the Swedish Hockey League with Rögle BK. Curran also helped Canada reach the 2018 Spengler Cup championship game.
Curran has collected 89 points in 96 Canada West regular season games and helped the Dinos reach the 2011 national championship for the first time in over a decade.
He was a conference star in his last two seasons. Curran was among the first recruits to head coach Mark Howell in 2010.
“He has worked very hard in recent years to realize his dream of playing in the NHL,” Howell said in a statement from the university’s athletics department.
“The Anaheim Ducks get a great defender.”
The six-foot-two, 200-pound Curran won SHL’s Most Valuable Player award last season. The defender has 12 goals and 37 assists in 48 games.
The Swedish league’s Guldhjälmen (golden helmet) has already been won by NHL players such as Peter Forsberg, Henrik Lundqvist and current Calgary Flames forward Derek Ryan.
After completing university eligibility in 2015, Curran shared the 2015-16 season between the EHL Greenville Swamp Rabbits and the AHL Hartford Wold Pack, then traveled to Europe to play in Denmark. and in Sweden.
“Kodie has always been an extremely talented defender. It was just a question so that he would prepare his full game that would determine how far he could go, “said former Dinos teammate Brock Nixon.
“It was obvious as he progressed to higher caliber leagues and played with top players. His game has continued to excel and it only happens to guys who can think of the game at an elite level. “
Former Dinos who also played in the NHL include current Dallas Stars general manager Jill Nill.
The Bracken Kearns Center played 35 games for Florida, San Jose and the New York Islanders between 2011 and 2017.