Potulny signs with Ottawa Senators

He came to Minnesota as the first outstate player since the 1986-87 season. He left Minnesota with two national titles and enough accolades to place him among Gopher all-time greats. Now, Grant Potulny will have a chance at professional hockey as a member of the Ottawa Senators organization.

He was one of the best clutch players in Gophers hockey history.

He is now a member of the Ottawa Senators organization.

Grant Potulny, a three-year captain who just completed his final season with the Gophers, has signed a one-year deal with the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League. He will spend the remainder of the 2003-04 season with Binghamton of the American Hockey League AHL on an amateur try-out.

Potulny completed his career with the Golden Gophers with 68 goals and 48 assists in 148 games. He ranks 24th in career goals and 55th in career points with 116. The Grand Forks, N.D., native was part of two NCAA Championship teams (2002, 2003) and scored the game and title-winning goal for Minnesota to win the 2002 NCAA Championship over Maine. Potulny was the 2002 NCAA Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player, the 2003 WCHA Final Five MVP and the 2003 NCAA West Regional MVP.

Potulny was the first non-Minnesotan to become a Golden Gopher since Steve MacSwain and John Blue in 1986-87. Drafted in the fifth round (157th overall) by Ottawa in 2000, Potulny has attended the Senators' summer development camp for each of the past three years.

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