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Ducks sign Northeastern University player from San Jacinto

March 17, 2010 |  1:28 pm

Jake Newton, a 21-year-old defenseman from San Jacinto, has signed with the Ducks_400 Ducks and will practice with the team for the remainder of the season -- and maybe even get a chance to play.

Newton played youth hockey with various teams in Southern California -- among them the Junior Ducks and Junior Kings, the San Diego Gulls, the Riverside Jets and the Ontario Senators -- and was a standout freshman this season at Northeastern University.

He is the latest college find for David McNab, the Ducks' senior vice president of hockey operations, who was responsible for the signing of rookie standout Dan Sexton.

A 6-foot-3, 200-pound freshman, Newton had nine goals and 22 points with 10 penalty minutes in 34 games for Northeastern this season. He led Northeastern defensemen in scoring and shared the national lead for goals by a freshman defenseman.

A 2006 graduate of San Jacinto High, Newton also has played for the North American Hockey League's Texas Tornado and the U.S. Hockey League's Lincoln Stars.

-- Robyn Norwood

Photo: Northeastern's Jake Newton, right, and Boston University goalie Kieran Millan watch a shot hit the post during a college tournament last month. Credit: Winslow Townson / Associated Press