GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dakota Mermis, a former stellar hockey player for the Alton Redbirds, has signed an entry-level contract with the Arizona Coyotes. Coyotes' general manager Don Maloney made the announcement of the free agent signing.
The 21-year-old Mermis, a defenseman, is the first Alton native to sign with an NHL team. Terms of his three-year contract weren't disclosed.
Last season, Mermis played for both the Oshawa Generals and London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-foot, 180-pounder, a left-hander shooter, scored six goals and logged 24 assists for 30 points. He also accumulated 86 penalty minutes in 66 games. He played in 21 postseason games for Oshawa.
In 159 career OHL games, Mermis totaled 66 points on 13 goals and 53 assists.
Mermis played college hockey at Denver before signing with the London Knights. He is a product of the U.S. National developmental program and the U.S. Hockey League. Mermis played two prep seasons for the Alton Redbirds of the MVCHA.