Press release from Cornell Men's Hockey
Senior forward Jeff Malott from the Cornell men's hockey team has signed a professional contract for the 2020-21 season with the American Hockey League's Manitoba Moose, the team announced Wednesday morning.
Malott recently wrapped up a successful career with the Big Red, scoring 24 goals to go with 29 assists for 53 in 114 collegiate games. He was named one of three finalists for ECAC Hockey Best Defensive Forward this season after racking up a plus-16 rating overall for the season and a plus-15 rating in ECAC Hockey play that ranked first in the league among forwards. That gave him the unique distinction of being the only regular player in the nation to not be on the ice for a single even-strength goal against in his respective league games. He was a big contributor on the team's penalty kill.
The native of Burlington, Ontario scored six goals in each of his four years on East Hill, serving as a tri-captain as a senior for a Cornell squad that posted a stellar 23-2-4 record that led to the program's third straight Cleary Cup, the nation's best winning percentage and the #1 ranking in the season's final USCHO.com national poll. Among his more memorable moments in his senior season, Malott opened the scoring in the Big Red's 3-1 victory Dec. 6 at Harvard in a match-up of the last two undefeated teams in the country, and then he scored the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win over Dartmouth at home on Jan. 24.
The Manitoba Moose – based in Winnipeg – are the AHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets. Malott becomes the first member of his class to sign a professional contract. Cornell had 28 program alumni play professionally during the truncated 2019-20 season, including four in the National Hockey League.