Former Kodiak Stollery signs ATO with Lake Eire (AHL)

Merrimack senior captain Karl Stollery became the fourth Merrimack player to sign a pro deal this week after inking an amateur tryout contract with Lake Erie of the American Hockey League.

Stollery will report to the Monsters in Cleveland and could be in the lineup as soon as Tuesday against Texas.

Stollery became Merrimack’s all-time leader for career games played after playing in his 145th career game in the Hockey East Quarterfinals. Missing only one game in his career, Stollery led Merrimack defenders with seven goals and 21 points this season to go with a +13 rating. Merrimack’s leader in ice time in all four years of his collegiate career, Stollery was an assistant captain last year and was the team’s lone captain this season.

In 145 career games, Stollery had 83 career points, second in Merrimack’s Division I history among defenders. Playing major minutes as a freshman, Stollery was the only defenseman on the Hockey East All-Rookie team in 2009. A two-time All-Academic team honoree, Stollery registered his first career hat trick and first four-point game at RIT as a junior and was named to the Hockey East All-Tournament team in 2011.

Mike McMahon