Blue Jackets announce signing of Clarkson University star Josh Dunne To Two-year Entry Level Contract for 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons

Josh Dunne (courtesy Clarkson Athletics)

MARCH 14, 2021

Columbus assigns Dunne to AHL’s Cleveland Monsters

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed free agent center Josh Dunne to a two-year Entry Level contract, club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.  Dunne, who recently completed his junior season at Clarkson University, has been assigned to the Cleveland Monsters, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate.

Dunne, 22, registered 29 goals and 26 assists for 55 points with 70 penalty minutes and a cumulative +24 plus/minus rating in 78 career NCAA games at Clarkson from 2018-21.  Serving as Golden Knights captain during his junior campaign, he collected 2-3-5, 26 penalty minutes and was +1 in 14 outings this season.

A 6-4, 210-pound forward, Dunne was a Third Team All-ECAC pick and won the league’s Best Defensive Forward Award in 2019-20 when he tallied 13-14-27 with 30 penalty minutes and a +9 plus/minus rating in 32 outings.  As a freshman, he notched 14-9-23, 14 penalty minutes and was +14 in 32 games to lead all Clarkson rookies in scoring.

A native of O’Fallon, Missouri, Dunne attended the Blue Jackets’ 2019 Development Camp.  He played three-plus seasons in the USHL with the Green Bay Gamblers from 2015-18.  The forward registered 34-40-74, 91 penalty minutes and was +16 in 140 career USHL games, including 21-27-48 and 18 penalty minutes in 60 outings in 2017-18.  His sister, Jincy, was a two-time All-American at Ohio State from 2016-20 and was the 2020 Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year and Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient.  Another sister, Jessica, played three seasons for the Buckeyes from 2014-17.

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