Marody, Calderone sign NHL contracts
Just three days after the Michigan hockey team lost, 4-3, to Notre Dame in the Frozen Four semifinals, junior forward Cooper Marody and senior forward Tony Calderone signed NHL entry-level contracts.
After breakout seasons, Marody inked a deal for three years with the Edmonton Oilers and Calderone for an undisclosed duration with the Dallas Stars on Sunday.
Marody and Calderone led the offensive attack as two-thirds of the lethal “DMC” line alongside senior forward Dexter Dancs. Together, the trio accounted for 53 of Michigan’s 136 goals, 34 percent of all points and a plus-minus rating of plus-48.
Originally selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the sixth round and 158th overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Marody’s rights were traded to the Oilers on Mar. 21 for a 2019 third-round pick.
“I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to play for two of the best coaches in college hockey, Red Berenson and Mel Pearson,” Marody said in a statement. “Combined with their exceptional assistant coaches and support staff, they have prepared me for the next level. The teammates I have had the honor of playing alongside the past three seasons have made it the best time of my life.
“The Children of Yost, the Michigan Hockey Band, alumni and fans make playing at Yost an unforgettable experience. My lifelong dream of playing at Michigan and wearing the block ‘M’ was even better in reality.”
In his first full season as a Wolverine, the Brighton, Mich. native led the team in scoring with 51 points on 16 goals and 35 assists to rank third in the country and first in the Big Ten. Marody became just the third Michigan player to lead the conference in scoring and was named to the All-Big Ten first team. On Friday, he was selected as a CCM/AHCA West Second Team All-American.
Down the stretch, Marody registered four goals and five assists in six postseason games. His two tallies, including the game-winner, led the Wolverines to a 3-2 win over Northeastern in the NCAA Regionals and the 25th Frozen Four berth in program history.
Calderone led the conference with 25 goals to go with 19 assists for 44 points, all career highs for the captain. He scored seven times on the power play and posted four game-winners during his senior campaign.
An All-Big Ten second team honoree, the Trenton, Mich. native tallied six goals and three assists in the playoffs. His four goals in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals against Wisconsin tied for most in a game in Michigan history. In 134 career games as a Wolverine, Calderone notched 54 goals and 37 assists.
Last April, Pearson spoke with Calderone about his potential to play professionally after college. Always a sharpshooter from the slot, Pearson encouraged him to improve his skating, speed and overall conditioning to compete at the next level. Calderone put in the time to become more well-rounded, and it paid dividends Sunday afternoon.
“Extremely happy to announce I have signed my first NHL contract with the @dallasstars,” Calderone said in an Instagram post. “I want to thank @umichhockey for the best 4 years of my life. I also want to thank my family and friends who have supported me and helped make this dream come true.”