Dan Colleran | July 1, 2017
Former University of Notre Dame goaltender Cal Petersen has signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings the National Hockey League club’s Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced.
A fifth-round pick by Buffalo in the 2013 NHL Draft (129th overall), Petersen became an unrestricted free agent this summer and signed with the Kings on July 1.
In 2016-17, Petersen became the first goaltender to serve as team captain in Notre Dame hockey history and the junior led the Irish to their third Frozen Four appearance in program history. One of five finalists for the 2017 Mike Richter Award, Petersen was selected to the NCAA Northeast Regional All-Tournament team after posting wins over Minnesota and UMass Lowell.
Petersen finished the season with a 23-12-5 record to go along with a 2.22 goals against average, a .926 save percentage and six shutouts. His save percentage ranked third in Hockey East and 11th nationally, while his six shutouts tied for the NCAA lead. Petersen's 2016-17 numbers were compiled against a tough schedule that included 18 games against top-20 offenses (teams who finished the season ranked in the top-20 nationally in goals per game).
A 2017 First Team Hockey East All-Star, Petersen led the Irish to a weekend sweep of Providence College in the Hockey East quarterfinals (March 10-11). In the two games versus the Friars, Petersen posted a 1.00 goals against average and a .973 save percentage to go along with a 43-save, game one shutout. He earned Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors following the series.