Michigan native Carter Mazur is a hockey player with plenty of spit to go with his polish. He can score goals and be as annoying as a bee at a company picnic. He’s been compared to Tyler Bertuzzi.
The Detroit Red Wings officially added him to their pipeline Monday when they signed him to a three-year entry level contract. He also accepted an amateur tryout with the Grand Rapids Griffins, which allows him to finish their season in the American Hockey League. His Red Wings deal will not start until next season.
UPDATE: The #RedWings today signed left wing Carter Mazur to a three-year entry-level contract beginning with the 2023-24 season.
Mazur will report to the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins on an amateur tryout for the remainder of the 2022-23 season. pic.twitter.com/uRHISwdKZC
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) March 28, 2023
Mazur, the 70th, is a homegrown talent. He was born in Jackson and played in the Little Caesars program before ending up with the U.S. National Team Development Program and then the University of Denver.
He piled up 75 points in 81 games at Denver over two seasons. Last season, he played a significant role in helping Denver win the NCAA National Championship. The Red Wings recently signed Finnish defenseman Antti Toumisto who also played for the Denver championship team. Red Wings prospect Shai Buium also played on the championship team. However, he is expected to return for his junior season at Denver.
Mazur Top College Player
Mazur (six feet, 175 pounds) is considered one of the Red Wings’ top forward prospects. He scored 22 goals this season in 40 games.
He ranked among the Denver leaders with 15 assists (9th), 37 points (2nd), eight power play goals (1st), six game-winning goals (1st), a plus-19 rating (5th), 32 penalty minutes (5th) and 131 shots (1st).
Mazur was named to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s Second All-Star Team after helping the Pioneers clinch their second-consecutive Penrose Cup as the conference’s regular-season champions. Mazur was the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Rookie of the Year in 2021-22 and earned unanimous NCHC All-Rookie Team Honors after recording 38 points (14-24-38), a plus-23 rating and 44 penalty minutes in 41 games as a freshman.