Providence College Press Release

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence College junior forward Kasper Björkqvist (Espoo, Finland) has signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins, forgoing his final year of collegiate eligibility. Björkqvist was selected by the Penguins in the second round (61st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

A tri-captain for the Friars in 2018-19, Björkqvist amassed career highs in goals (17), assists (13) and points (30) while recording a team-high 131 shots on goal. He also registered nine multi-point games and tallied a goal and an assist in three NCAA Tournament games as the Friars advanced to their second Frozen Four in five seasons. Björkqvist appeared in 89 consecutive games to close out his career at Providence.

"Kasper was able to produce in big games throughout his college career, and he was fortunate to play in a lot of them," Penguins assistant general manager Bill Guerin said of Björkqvist, who counted six game-winning goals among his 33 tallies the last two seasons. "Playing for an outstanding program in Providence allowed him to go far in the NCAA Tournament each season, so he received a lot of great experience."

In 112 career games at Providence, Björkqvist totaled 36 goals and 26 assists for 62 points and plus-29 rating in helping the Friars to NCAA Tournament appearances in all three of his seasons. Björkqvist joins fellow juniors Jacob Bryson, Brandon Duhaime and Josh Wilkins that have signed NHL entry-level contracts this spring.

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