Arizona Coyotes Sign Rockets Hockey Club, Quinnipiac Alum Sam Lipkin

Sam Lipkin became the second former NCDC player and former Quinnipiac University player and National Champion to sign an NHL contract on April 4.

Lipkin, who played with the Rockets Hockey Club in 2020-21, signed with the Arizona Coyotes, who had selected him in 2021 NHL Entry Draft. That year, Lipkin was on of three players drafted directly out of the NCDC, which led all North American Tier II leagues for that year.

According to the website, as per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. Lipkin will report to the Tucson Roadrunners (AHL).

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“We are pleased to sign Sam Lipkin and have him join our organization,” said Armstrong. “Sam is a big, skilled, two-way forward who had a very successful college career. We look forward to continuing to watch his development.”

The 2003-born native of Philadelphia, Pa., joined the Rockets at Hub City Tampa, the six-week event in which all of the NCDC teams of that season played in Tampa, Fla., in a closed community system to diminish the risk and spread of COVID-19. In the 19 games he played that winter, he put up 25 points.

Lipkin came in with four games of USHL experience already under his belt and jumped over to the Chicago Steel at the end of that season and finished with 13 points in 38 combined USHL regular season and playoff games. The next year, he was dominant for the Steel, putting up 71 points in 59 games as the Team Captain.

In 2022-23, he joined the Quinnipiac University Bobcats, ultimately winning ECAC Hockey Rookie Of The Year honors and helping the Bobcats to their first National Championship. After also winning the Clark Cup with the Steel in 2022, that gave him two straight championships.

Lipkin was also member of Team USA at the 2023 World Junior Championships and earned a Bronze Medal.