Auggies' Rodriguez, Madry sign pro hockey contracts

Rodriguez and Madry

Augsburg Sports Information

MINNEAPOLIS -- Two Augsburg University men's hockey seniors have made the next leap in their careers, recently signing professional hockey contracts with minor league teams, Alex Rodriguez (SR, Miami, Fla./Shattuck-St. Mary's (Minn.) HS) with the ECHL's Norfolk (Va.) Admirals and Chandler Madry (SR, Bakersfield, Calif./Fairbanks (Alaska) BEST HS) with the SPHL's Knoxville (Tenn.) Ice Bears.

Last Tuesday (3/19), Rodriguez signed with the Admirals for the remainder of the regular season. He has played in five games with the Admirals, scoring two goals with an assist for three points. He scored his first professional goal on Thursday in the Admirals' 6-1 home win over the Jacksonville (Fla.) Icemen.

The Norfolk Admirals play in the 27-team ECHL (formerly East Coast Hockey League), the mid-level league of affiliated professional hockey -- comparable to Class AA in minor league baseball -- two steps below the National Hockey League. The Admirals are the ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Arizona Coyotes, with the next stop on the pro ladder the Tucson (Ariz.) Roadrunners of the American Hockey League. Norfolk currently stands at 26-32-5-3, in fifth place in the ECHL's South Division, with four games remaining in the regular season.

On Sunday (3/24), Madry signed a standard player contract with the Ice Bears. He made his pro debut that evening in the Ice Bears' 4-1 home win over the Huntsville (Ala.) Havoc.

The Knoxville Ice Bears play in the 10-team Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL), a lower-level developmental professional hockey league -- comparable to Class A in minor league baseball -- with teams from Illinois and Indiana to Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Virginia and Alabama. The Ice Bears are currently 28-19-5, in fourth place in the league standings, with four games left in the regular season. The Ice Bears have clinched a berth in the SPHL playoffs.

Both Rodriguez and Madry played two years with the Auggies after transferring from Division I programs -- Rodriguez from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (N.Y.), Madry from Minnesota State Mankato -- and both were part of Augsburg teams that won Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference postseason playoff titles in both of their seasons, advancing to the NCAA Division III national playoffs each time, while also winning the MIAC regular-season title this season. Augsburg finished 21-4-3 this season, 13-1-2 in MIAC play.

An All-MIAC selection and American Hockey Coaches Association/CCM Hockey Division III All-America first-team West Region selection this season, Rodriguez finished as the MIAC's scoring champion with 21 goals and 40 points, both league bests, while finishing tied for fourth in assists with 19. In his 26 games in 2018-19, he had a goal or assist in 21 games, including 12 multi-point games, five multi-goal games and three hat tricks. Among Division III players nationally, his 21 goals were tied for fifth-most, with his 0.81 goals per-game average fifth-best. His 1.54 points per-game average was tied for ninth-best nationally, with his 40 points tied for ninth-most.

In two seasons at Augsburg (54 games), Rodriguez finished with 28 goals and 30 assists for 58 points. In 100 overall collegiate games in four seasons, he finished with 32 goals and 36 assists for 68 points.

Madry earned All-MIAC honors in both 2017-18 and 2018-19, as one of the most dynamic all-around forwards in the conference. In 2018-19, he finished second on the team with 32 points (10 goals, 22 assists), with his 10 goals tied for third-best and his 22 assists leading the squad. Among MIAC players, his 32 overall points were fourth-best, with his 21 assists second-best and his 10 goals tied for 11th-best. He recorded a goal or assist in 21 of his 27 games this season (including 13 of his last 15 games), with 10 multi-point contests.

In his two seasons as an Auggie (56 games), Madry finished with 17 goals and 43 assists for 60 points, including five power-play goals. In four collegiate seasons (68 games), he finished with 20 goals and 44 assists for 64 points.

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