The Manitoba Moose have officially agreed to terms with 25-year-old forward Todd Burgess on a one-year American Hockey League contract for the 2021-22 season.
Joining the team from the NCAA’s Minnesota State University, the coming year will be Burgess’ first season as a professional. The Phoenix, AZ. product grew up through the local Junior Coyotes AAA program, before landing a spot with the Fairbanks Ice Dawgs of the North American Hockey League.
Burgess skated in 176 total games with Fairbanks from 2013-16, producing top-notch numbers as his career progressed. Seeing increases from five to 15 to 38 goals in his three seasons as an Ice Dog, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound forward put up a career-high 95 points in 60 games during his final season in the NAHL.
He then went on to a three-year stay at Rensselaer Polytech Institute of the NCAA, before transferring to Minnesota State for his senior year in 2020-21. Through 127 total college hockey games, Burgess had 27 goals, 62 points and 79 penalty minutes.
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During his third season with R.P.I, Burgess posted an NCAA career-high 20 points (14G, 6A) in 32 games. His 14 goals paced the club that season. Burgess was awarded the Team’s Top Forward during the 2019-20 campaign and named to the 2019-20 ECAC Men’s All-Academic Team.
Originally selected 103rd overall by the Ottawa Senators in the fourth round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Burgess experienced a handful of injuries, going unsigned through his college career. Yet to put his name on an NHL deal, this contract with the Moose is certainly a step in the right direction for the now 25-year-old.