DETROIT (WXYZ) The Red Wings have signed former University of Michigan star Kevin Porter to a one-year contract.
A native of Northville, Mich., Porter has spent the last 13 years playing in both the AHL and NHL. He split the 2013-14 season between the Buffalo Sabres and their AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans. In 12 NHL games last season, he recorded one assist and two penalty minutes. Porter also had 19 goals and 17 assists in 50 AHL contests.
Porter, 28, enjoyed an illustrious career at the University of Michigan from 2004-2008, notching 85 goals, 98 assists and 115 penalty minutes in 162 games. Following his senior season in 2007-08, Porter was awarded the CCHA Player of the Year Award and the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in college hockey. He also won two national championships with the Wolverines in 2005 and 2008.
Prior to attending Michigan, Porter was selected by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 4th round (119th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He has played in 206 NHL games and 196 AHL games throughout the course of his career. In 2012-13, he served as Rochester's captain and was named an AHL All-Star.