Minnesota Duluth sophomore defenseman Casto signs entry-level contract with Boston Bruins

Free agent sophomore defenseman Chris Casto of Stillwater, Minn., indicated on Twitter on Monday night that he is leaving the Minnesota Duluth program.

The Boston Bruins made it official Tuesday, saying Casto has signed an entry-level contract forgoing his final two years of college eligibility. It is expected Casto will be assigned to the Providence (R.I.) Bruins of the American Hockey League.

The Bruins press release is here.

Casto wrote on Twitter: “I would like to thank my teammates, the Bulldogs organization, and Duluth for my time here. It has truly been an honor to be a Bulldog.”

Casto, 21, a 2010 Hill-Murray High School graduate, who is 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, attended Boston’s development camp last July. He played in 77 games at UMD with five goals and 17 assists for 22 points. In 2012-13 he had three goals and six assists for nine points in 36 games. UMD’s season ended March 16 in the first round of the WCHA playoffs at Wisconsin.

The Boston Bruins web site had a Casto feature during the 2012 development camp. That story is here.