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Bruins sign Western Michigan's Hargrove

Matt Christians

Western Michigan junior left wing Colton Hargrove signed a NHL entry level contract with the Boston Bruins on Sunday afternoon. The Rockwall, Texas native is a big, physical power forward who can grind and chip in a little offensively.

A product of the Fargo Force in the USHL, Hargrove had 14 goals in his final season in Kalamazoo. Never one to shy away from mixing it up, he racked up 80 penalty minutes. Hargrove, who finished his Broncos career with 34 goals, will forgo his final year of collegiate eligibility for Andy Murray.

Hargrove, a seventh round selection of the Bruins in the 2012 NHL Draft, will report to the organization's AHL affiliate in Providence to finish the season.

The Broncos were eliminated from the post-season in the NCHC Quarterfinals. WMU was one of just two teams in the league to miss the NCAA Tournament.