On Friday, Seth Ambroz's amateur hockey career ended. On Saturday, his professional one began.
Ambroz signed an amateur tryout contract with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League, the team announced Saturday. The news comes one day after Ambroz's senior season with the Gophers ended in a 4-1 loss to in-state rival Minnesota-Duluth in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
"I'm looking forward to this opportunity and to continue my hockey career at the pro level," Ambroz said in a release. "Playing hockey at the University of Minnesota was a dream come true for me, and I want to thank everyone who helped make that possible - the coaches and staff, the guys on the team, my family and friends and also all the Gopher fans who have supported the team during my four years at the 'U.'"
Ambroz, a forward on the Gophers all-senior line, scored the lone goal in the Gophers NCAA match-up with the Bulldogs. He scored a total of 23 points his senior season off of 12 goals and 11 assists. Ambroz finished his college career with 70 total points.
The Springfield, Mass. team are affiliated with the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League, who drafted Ambroz in the fifth round in 2011 with the 128th overall pick. Ambroz stepped onto the University of Minnesota campus that fall, as part of a six-man senior class that won four straight regular season conference titles for Gophers, and made four straight appearances in the NCAA tournament, including two trips to the Frozen Four.
"We certainly wish Seth the best as he takes the next step in his hockey career and thank him for his contributions to Gopher hockey," head coach Don Lucia said in a release. "Like all of our seniors, Seth was a great leader for us and an integral part of the success we've had here at Minnesota over the last four years."