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Flyers Sign Hobey Baker Award Finalist Mike Vecchione to Entry-Level Deal

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers have landed one of college hockey's brightest stars.

GM Ron Hextall announced on Friday morning that the Flyers have signed forward Mike Vecchione to an entry-level deal.

Vecchione recently completed his senior season at Union College, posting 29 goals and 34 assists for 63 points in 38 games. He is also one of three finalists for college hockey's top individual honor, the Hobey Bakey Award. 

Vecchione was a teammate of current Flyer Shayne Gostisbehere during Union's National Championship season in 2014. As a freshman, Vecchione scored 15 goals and added 20 assists in that season, and had two goals and an assist in the Frozen Four, including scoring in the National Championship game.

Vecchione was also at Flyers development camp last July as an invite. 

The entry-level deal is just for one year, since Vecchione is already 24 years old. Vecchione is expected to use that year in the final five games of the 2016-17 season with the Flyers. After that, he will be a restricted free agent and need to be re-signed in the offseason.

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