GOING PRO — Colgate University goaltender Colton Point has signed a professional contract with the Dallas Stars of the NHL. (Colgate University photo)

Colgate All-America goalie Point signs deal with Stars

Published Jul 3, 2018 at 4:10pm

HAMILTON — Record-setting Colgate hockey goalie Colton Point has opted to forego his final two collegiate seasons, signing a professional contract with the Dallas Stars of the NHL.

The move became official on Sunday.

The Stars drafted Point back in the 2016 NHL entry draft, selecting him in the fifth round.

The North Bay, Ontario, native made his decision to go pro after an outstanding 2017-18 season at Colgate.

Point was awarded CCM/AHCA All-America second-team honors after putting together one of the best seasons in Colgate history.

He broke program records with a .944 save percentage that ranked first nationally, and also had a 1.74 goals-against average.

The previous Colgate save percentage record of .930 was set in 1962-63.

“Colton was a premier goalie at the college level,” Colgate head coach Don Vaughan said in a statement released by school officials on Monday. “He gave us a chance to win every night. He worked extremely hard with our staff and as a result, his development was accelerated.

“Colton is a character person who has a bright future in the game, and we wish him nothing but the best.”

Point is the first sophomore in program history to earn All-America status, and only the fourth Colgate goaltender selected.

He tied the program mark with six shutouts in 2017-18 and set the game record for most saves (51) in a shutout, a 2-0 decision over Harvard.

Point also helped Team Canada win the gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championships, posting a shutout win over Slovakia.

Point was honored as Colgate’s 2017-18 Male Student-Athlete of the Year.