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CCHA Rookie of the Year Mark Letestu turns pro

March 22, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University freshman Mark Letestu became the fifth Bronco to be named Central Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Year and the first for WMU since 2002. Letestu led the team in goals, assists and points and was the nation's top freshman scorer.

Less than one week after earning top rookie honors, Letestu, age 22, signed a two-year agreement with the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League and reported to the Penguins' American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

"I was 22 as a freshman, and I was going to be 23 as a sophomore," said Letestu. "It was just time to get on with it."

Letestu, a forward from Elk Point, Alberta, led the CCHA in rookie scoring and tied for fifth among all skaters with 34 points in 28 conference games, including a tie for second place in goals with 18. He also finished with five shorthand markers, which led the nation.

The rookie-of-the-year honor was the second this month for Letestu, a pre-business major. Earlier in March, he was named to the CCHA all-rookie team along with goaltender Riley Gill from Northfield, Minn.

Media contact: Mat Kanan, (269) 387-4125, mat.kanan@wmich.edu

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