Mike Connolly
HEIGHT: 5' 9"
BIRTHDATE: 07/03/1989
DRAFTED: undrafted

2011-12: Spent most of his first professional season in the American Hockey League but also saw action in two NHL games with the Avalanche...Was acquired by Colorado from San Jose on Feb. 27 and assigned to Lake Erie (AHL)...Was recalled by the Avalanche on March 4 and made his NHL debut that night in Minnesota against the Wild...Appeared in his second NHL game on March 8 at Nashville...Was reassigned to Lake Erie on March 20...Skated in 13 games for the Monsters, earning seven points (3g/4a)...Appeared in 40 games with the Worcester Sharks prior to the trade, tallying 30 points (10g/20a).

2010-11: Served as an alternate captain for the 2011 NCAA Champion University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs...Was named to the NCAA All-American West Second Team and the All-WCHA First Team...Finished third on the Bulldogs and tied for seventh in the nation in scoring with 54 points (28g/26a) in 42 games...Became just the third UMD player to open his career with three consecutive 40-plus point seasons... Selected to the NCAA East Regional All-Tournament Team...Tallied four points (1g/3a) in the regional final against Yale on March 26 in Bridgeport, Conn...Scored against Notre Dame in the Frozen Four semifinal on April 7 in St. Paul, Minn....Tied a school record by scoring five goals in one game on Feb. 5 vs. Minnesota...Finished his collegiate career with 136 points (55g/81a) in 123 games.

2009-10: Appeared in 38 games as a sophomore at Minnesota- Duluth, collecting 40 points (14g/26a) in 38 games...Became just the second Bulldog since Brett Hull (1984-86) to begin his career with back-to-back 40-point seasons...Finished third on the team in overall scoring.

2008-09: Named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team as a freshman at the University of Minnesota-Duluth...Selected to the Inside College Hockey Freshman All-American Team...Finished second among NCAA Division I freshmen in scoring with 42 points (13g/29a) in 43 games...Was also second among all rookies in points-per-game (0.98) and topped all freshmen in assists...Led the Bulldogs in plus/minus (+11) and shooting percentage (16.7%), was second in assists and ranked third in both points and goals.