DENVER, CO—Harvard University’s Alexander “Alex” Kerfoot, 23, closed a two-year entry level deal with the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, August 24. The 5 foot and 10 inch tall, 175 pound center (who was initially selected 150th overall by New Jersey in 2012, and reportedly sought out by Vancouver and the New York Rangers) served as Harvard’s captain this past season.

“We are thrilled that Alexander decided to sign with the Avalanche. He’s a highly-skilled, playmaking center who is responsible at both ends of the ice. We look forward to seeing him take the next step of his hockey career with our organization,” said Joe Sakic, Colorado’s General Manager.

Kerfoot had 45 points last season, comprised of 16 goals and 29 assists. As a result, he was in the final campaign for the Hobey Baker Award. University of Denver defenseman Will Butcher took home the award as the top player in NCAA Division I for men’s hockey. Butcher, currently a free agent selected 123rd overall by Colorado in 2013, contributed to the Pioneers’ championship season.

Kerfoot hails from West Vancouver, British Columbia. He commenced his collegiate career with Harvard in 2013-2014. Before that, he played for the Coquitlam Express of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) beginning in 2010-2011. With Coquitlam, he appeared in a total of 72 games in three seasons, posting 88 points (33 goals and 55 assists) and had 40 penalty minutes. In his four years at Harvard, he totaled 123 points (36 goals and 87 assists) in 121 games, along with 54 penalty minutes.