The Carolina Hurricanes may have drafted defensemen Mark Alt in the second round of the 2010 draft, but the Philadelphia Flyers have announced that they have actually signed him. The 21-year-old played for the University of Minnesota for three years and tips the scales at 6-feet-2 inches, weighing 205 pounds. His size and speed are exactly what the Flyers need on the back end, especially with all of the holes along their blue line.
GM Paul Holmgren called him a “good, young prospect” after the team traded for him in the Brian Boucher deal with the Hurricanes earlier this year. That trade saw Brian Boucher head back to the Flyers, along with Alt, in exchange for prospect Luke Pither. He is an athletic young man, as a former high school quarterback and son of Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle John Alt.
Alt will report to the Adirondack Phantoms this season, but if the Flyers take any more bumps and bruises, we may see him in a game or two before the season is over. He has tournament experience with the Golden Gophers and spent this year helping his team finish first in the standings and second in team defense. The Phantoms are on a hot streak right now and adding this young d-man should be a boost to their already strong system.
Alt had a few final words for his fans before taking on the Flyers contract, via Gophersports.com. “I want to thank the fans, my teammates and coaches for making it such a great experience. I will forever cherish my days in the Maroon and Gold,” said Alt.