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Report: Rangers land Gophers standout Lettieri

2014 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship - West Regional

ST PAUL, MN - MARCH 29: Vinni Lettieri #19 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Tyson Wilson #10 of the Robert Morris Colonials skate after the puck during the second period of the West Regional game of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship game on March 29, 2014 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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University of Minnesota senior Vinni Lettieri has agreed to join the Ranger organization, per the Star-Tribune.

Lettieri, 22, finished second on the club in goals this year, with 19, and third in scoring with 37 points in 38 games. The Star-Tribune’s Mike Russo reports Lettieri is joining New York’s AHL affiliate in Hartford, and that he and the Blueshirts are closing in on a two-year, entry-level contract.

Lettieri has some interesting bloodlines. His grandfather is former Minnesota North Stars player/head coach/GM Lou Nanne, and his father is former professional soccer netminder Tino Lettieri, who represented Canada at the 1986 World Cup.

The younger Lettieri went undrafted, and was a free agent following Minnesota’s NCAA championship loss to Notre Dame.