MONTREAL (AP) -The Montreal Canadiens signed University of Denver star Brock Trotter to a three-year contract Thursday.
The undrafted Trotter, who turned 21 last month, had 13 goals and 18 assists in 24 games for the Pioneers this season before deciding to turn pro.
The Canadiens assigned him to Hamilton of the American Hockey League.
His reasons for leaving Denver remain a mystery.
Trevor Timmins, the Canadiens' director of player recruitment, said only that it was ``a private matter between the player and the coach.''
``We know the player's character. He's a super-nice young man,'' Timmins said. ``We're confident that this will work out. Players with the skill set he has are at a premium at the pro level.''
Denver coach George Gwozdecky gave no details to the Denver media this week, saying only that ``our players have private lives and I hope people respect their privacy.''

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