UMD's Herbert Leaves Early, Signs with Capitals

By KBJR News 1

March 21, 2014 Updated Mar 21, 2014 at 6:51 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) junior forward Caleb Herbert has signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals beginning in the 2014-15 season, the team announced on Friday.

The signing means Herbert will forego his final year of collegiate eligibility, as he would have been a senior next year for the Bulldogs.

The 22-year-old forward was a fifth-round draft pick of Washington in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and will join the team's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hershey Bears, immediately on an amateur tryout contract.

Herbert led the Bulldogs in points and assists this past season, recording 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 total points in 36 games. He also was the team leader with 85 penalty minutes and was named to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) all-academic team.

In his three seasons at UMD, Herbert totaled 32 goals and 57 assists in 112 games played for the Bulldogs.

Check back later in the day as NNCNOW.com hopes to speak with Herbert about his decision to sign with the Washington Capitals.

Posted by Zach Schneider
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