RoughRider & Boulder Hockey Club Alumni, Nate Clurman signs with the Avalanche
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed defenseman Nate Clurman to a one-year contract for the 2023-24 season.
Clurman, 25, spent the majority of this past season with the Colorado Eagles in the American Hockey League, where he played in a career-high 57 games and recorded 15 points (3g/12a). He ranked second among team defensemen with a +11 plus/minus rating and also appeared in five Calder Cup Playoff contests, making his playoff debut on April 19 against the Ontario Reign. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound blueliner also appeared in eight regular-season games for the Avalanche's ECHL affiliate, the Utah Grizzlies, tallying three points (0g/3a).
Clurman has collected 16 points (4g/12a) in 73 career AHL contests, all with the Eagles, and has produced 27 points (3g/24a) in 62 career ECHL outings.
Prior to turning pro, Clurman played three seasons of collegiate hockey at the University of Notre Dame, totaling 19 points (4g/15a) and a +10 rating in 103 career NCAA contests. He helped the Fighting Irish reach the NCAA Tournament in each of his three seasons and served as the team's captain his junior year (2020-21). As a freshman in 2018-19, he played in 39 of Notre Dame's 40 games, helping the Irish win the Big Ten Tournament and advance to the NCAA Northeast Regional Final. Clurman notched nine points (0g/9a) in 37 games as a sophomore in 2019-20 and ranked second on the team with a +8 rating.
The Boulder, Colorado, native played for three teams in the United States Hockey League from 2016-18, totaling 13 points (1g/12a) in 59 career USHL games with the Tri-City Storm, Des Moines Buccaneers and Sioux City Musketeers. Clurman attended Culver Military Academy in Indiana from 2013-17 and played for the school's Under-16 and Prep team all four years, collecting 103 points (20g/83a) in 165 contests.
Selected by the Avalanche in the sixth round (161st overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft, Clurman is the second Colorado-born player to be drafted by the Avalanche (J.D. Corbin, 2004) and played with the Rocky Mountain RoughRiders hockey program before attending Culver Academy. He was also on the team that represented the Colorado Avalanche at the 2011 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament.