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Army hockey player signs deal with Buffalo Sabres’ AHL affiliate

Dominic Franco is the first hockey player to sign with a professional team since the new policy for Service Academy athletes took effect last fall.

Army v Boston College Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images

Army athletes going to the pros doesn’t start and end with football players. Dominic Franco, a forward on the Black Knights hockey team, signed a one-year contract with the Rochester Americans on Tuesday.

Franco led Army in scoring for the three consecutive seasons, including this year with 23 points and four power play scores.

The Portsmouth, R.I. native totaled 10 goals and 13 assists and 32 blocks last year. In his 141 career games, Franco collected 97 points on 45 goals and 52 assists.

The Rochester Americans is an American Hockey League affiliate within the Buffalo Sabres organization.

“I am thrilled for Dom to have this opportunity to continue his hockey career, and am convinced this will only make him a better officer when that time comes,” said Mike Buddie, the Director of Athletics at Army West Point.

Franco is the first Army hockey player to sign with a professional organization since a policy allowing cadet athletes to delay their commissioning and play professionally went into effect last November.