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Frisco, TX (Sports Network) - The Dallas on Thursday signed recent Hobey Baker Award winner Junior Lessard to a one-year contract. As per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not released. Lessard was recognized as the top college player in the nation last week after leading the University of Minnesota-Duluth to its first Frozen Four appearance since 1985.

"Our organization is excited that the best collegiate player in the nation chose to sign with the Dallas ," Dallas general manager Doug Armstrong said. "We look forward to helping him develop into a solid professional hockey player."

The 23-year-old Lessard also was the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Year. In 44 games with the Bulldogs, Lessard posted 30 goals and 31 assists for 61 points.

He tallied a pair of goals during the Bulldogs' 5-3 loss to Denver in the Frozen Four semifinals.

Dallas is in trouble this post-season after Colorado's scored at 5:18 of the second overtime period to lift the to a 3-2 victory over the in Game 4 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series.

The Avs own a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and can eliminate the with a victory in Game 5 on Saturday in Denver.

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