Nic Dowd signs Tuesday with Kings, named Hobey Baker finalist Wednesday

It’s been quite a week for Nic Dowd, a 23-year-old senior forward from St. Cloud (Minn.) State. On Tuesday, he signed a one-season entry-level contract with the Kings. On Wednesday, he was named one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, college hockey’s version of the Heisman Trophy. Dowd had 40 points, including 22 goals, in 38 games this past season with St. Cloud State.

Greg Carey, senior forward from St. Lawrence University, and Johnny Gaudreau, junior forward from Boston College, are the other finalists. The winner will be announced in a ceremony April 11 from Philadelphia.

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Kings sign forwards Nic Dowd and Michael Mersch, a pair of prospects

The Kings on Tuesday signed prospects Nic Dowd and Michael Mersch, two forwards who played collegiate hockey this past season. Dowd, a 23-year-old who signed a one-season entry-level contract, completed his fourth season at St. Cloud (Minn.) State. He had 40 points, including 22 goals, in 38 games. Mersch, a 21-year-old who signed a three-season entry-level deal, finished his fourth season at Wisconsin. He recorded 35 points, including 22 goals, in 37 games.

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Powerful experience for Kaunisto in Alabama.

I once chronicled an entire wedding on Twitter, 140 characters at a time. The nupitals took place at center ice between periods of an Ontario Reign home game. Much like the other thousand-plus people in attendance, I didn’t know either the bride or the groom, but it was an interesting diversion from the game I was covering. And if the backdrop of an ECHL hockey game can’t get a marriage off on the right foot, we’re all doomed.

Ray Kaunisto didn’t tweet his entire wedding Saturday, but the Kings prospect did share some interesting tidbits with the masses that allowed his Big Day to come to life:

-His bride is an Anaheim Ducks fan.
-This was his first married tweet.
- The new couple plans on having children in 2013.

All of which reminded me that I’ve been sitting on a most interesting What-I-Did-During-My-Summer-Vacation story, courtesy of Mr. Kaunisto.
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