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From Wildcat to Royal: NMU senior Voltin signs deal with ECHL team

Northern Michigan University's Luke Voltin lines up Ferris State's Jake Willets for a check as Willets moves the puck through the corner in the first period of their WCHA hockey game played at the Berry Events Center in Marquette on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

READING, Pa. — Northern Michigan University forward Luke Voltin is now a member of hockey royalty.

Well, technically Reading Royalty, as the senior signed a contract with the ECHL franchise Monday. The Royals are the the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers’ minor league affiliate.

Voltin had the best season of his Wildcats career last season, finishing with eight goals and 13 points as a senior. Three of his goals were game-winners, including one at Lake Superior State in February that kept NMU’s hopes of clinching home ice in the WCHA playoffs alive. Voltin wrapped up his time at Northern with 14 career goals and 25 career points in 144 games.

In a press release from the Royals, Reading head coach Kirk MacDonald said Voltin “improved in his senior season and we are excited to bring him to Reading for his first professional opportunity. We expect him to be a contender for a roster spot with our club and be a reliable two-way forward.”

Wildcats head coach Grant Potulny was also quoted in the release talking about Voltin’s senior year. “I thought Luke had the best year he’s ever had as a hockey player and I’ve known Luke since he’s been 14. Eight goals, he found his way on the power play. He started playing four-on-four. He gave you an honest hard effort every night.”

Ryan Stieg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 252. His email address is rstieg@miningjournal.net.

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