Max Ellis signs with Toronto Maple Leafs

Notre Dame's Max Ellis (21) shoots during Michigan at the Notre Dame NCAA hockey game on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at the Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend.

SOUTH BEND – Next season, when you attend Notre Dame hockey matches, be prepared to grab a list as you enter the Compton Family Ice Arena. There will be a lot of new faces on skates for Fighting Irish.

Since coach Jeff Jackson’s No. 8 Fighting Irish ended a 28-12-0 season with a 1-0 loss March 26 to the No. 1 Minnesota State in the NCAA Albany (New York) Regional Championship game, four Irish players have signed professional contracts and at least two others have entered the transfer portal hoping to continue their collegiate careers elsewhere.

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Notre Dame players on the go

The most recent signer is a big – junior right wing Max Ellis, the team’s leading goal scorer. 5-foot-9, 165-pound Ellis, who had a team-high 16 goals and 28 points, signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the National Hockey League team announced Friday. Ellis will join the Toronto Marlies on a professional trial period for the remainder of the U.S. Hockey League season and the upcoming Calder Cup playoffs before his contract begins for 2022-23.

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