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Lake Superior State’s Alex Globke will not return to the Lakers for the 2016-17 season (photo: Lake Superior State Athletics).

Lake Superior State junior forward Alex Globke signed a contract on Wednesday with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins for the 2016-17 season and will give up his senior season with the Lakers.

Globke appeared in 28 games during the 2015-16 season and totaled four goals and four assists for eight points to go along with 27 penalty minutes. As a sophomore in 2014-15, Globke produced five goals and 10 points in 36 games. His best season came as a freshman while scoring 12 goals with 19 assists to lead the team in points. That season, while leading the WCHA and tying for 12th national in freshman scoring, Globke earned the league’s Rookie of the Year award, along with a nod on the All-WCHA Rookie Team.

He was also an exceptional talent in the classroom, having earned his second straight WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award this season for achieving a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher for his previous two semesters.

Globke’s decision to forgo his senior season in lieu of signing a professional contract marks the second LSSU player to do so after redshirt junior Matt Johnson signed with the ECHL’s Greenville Swamp Rabbits earlier this month.

During each of the past two offseasons, Globke has attended the Detroit Red Wings prospect development camp in Traverse City, Mich.

While the AHL playoffs-bound Griffins still have three games remaining in the regular season, Globke will not join the team until the 2016-17 season.