Gerry Fitzgerald extends hockey career with Wild AHL deal

Gerry Fitzgerald extends hockey career with Wild AHL deal
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Gerry Fitzgerald extends hockey career with Wild AHL deal

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Wild, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild, has announced that former Bemidji State University forward Gerry Fitzgerald has signed an Amateur Tryout Agreement.

The Port Alberni, British Columbia native, could make his professional debut as early as 3 p.m. today when Iowa hosts the Manitoba Moose at Wells Fargo Arena.

Fitzgerald will play out the remainder of the season with the Wild, which includes 16 regular-season games and a potential Calder Cup Playoff Run. At 27-18-8-4, the Wild is fourth in the AHL’s Central.

During an illness-shortened senior season, Fitzgerald posted 25 points (7g-18a) 27 games, which included a career-best 18 helpers. A regular on a BSU power-play unit that set a Division I-era program record for conversion efficiency at .217, Fitzgerald scored three power-play goals. He finished the season with 75 shots on goal.

In 139 collegiate games, Fitzgerald posted 95 points (41g-54a). A picture of consistency, He scored at least 19 points in all four seasons as a Beaver and logged at least 25 and no more than 26 in his final three seasons to tank as one of BSU’s top three scorers each season. Tenth on BSU’s Division I-era scoring list, Fitzgerald has been a pivotal piece of BSU’s power-play unit since he stepped on campus in 2014. Of his 41 career goals, 22 came on the man advantage, matching Brendan Cook (2001-05) for BSU’s Division I-era record.

Fitzgerald, an alternate captain in 2017-18, was a Third Team All-WCHA selection in 2016-17 was a three-time Academic All-WCHA recipient.

The Beavers finished the 2017-18 campaign with an overall record of 16-14-8 overall and recorded a 13-9-6-4 record in WCHA play, to earn fourth place in the WCHA standings and the right to host the first round of the WCHA Playoffs for the third time in four years.

Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).