The Rochester Americans have agreed to terms with forward Dominic Franco, Army’s leading scorer in each of the last three seasons, to a one-year AHL contract, the team announced today.
The 6-foot-5, 218-pound Franco scored 10 goals and 23 points in 33 games as a senior in 2019-20.
A memo Defense Secretary Mark Esper signed in November allows athletes like Franco at military academies to immediately play professional sports following their graduation if they receive approval from the defense secretary, according to the Associated Press. The athlete must still fulfill their military obligation or repay the costs of their education.
Franco, 24, is joining the Buffalo Sabres organization following a stellar four-year career college career in which he compiled 45 goals and 97 points in 141 games with the Black Knights.
The Rhode Island native played one year with the British Columbia Junior Hockey League’s Langley Rivermen before going to West Point.