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Luke Witkowski joins growing list of Broncos signing pro contracts

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Western Michigan Broncos hockey team skates back to the bench following their warm up session.
Western Michigan Broncos hockey team skates back to the bench following their warm up session.

TAMPA BAY, FL (WKZO) – The Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL announced today that they have signed former Bronco defenseman Luke Witkowski to a 2-year deal Monday.

Witkowski was a captain in his senior year in the Brown and Gold, appearing in 152 total games tallying 38 points on seven goals and 31 assists for his career.

The Holland, MI native was drafted by Steve Yzerman and the Lightning in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Witkowski was a sixth round pick, 160th overall.

During his senior campaign, he was named to the Second Team All-CCHA after helping the Broncos to a third place finish in the regular season. Witkowski helped the Broncos to the program’s first ever back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament in his sophomore and junior seasons, and their first CCHA Tournament title since 1986 last season.

Prior to WMU, Witkowski played for the Fargo Force of the USHL. He joins a growing list of former Broncos signing professional contracts.  Matt Tennyson was recalled by the San Jose Sharks on Monday, Danny DeKeyser signed a 2-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings Friday, Dane Walters signed with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL, and Mike Leone signed with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL.  

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