Men's Ice Hockey's Brandon Wong Signs With AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack
HARTFORD, Conn. - Former Quinnipiac men's ice hockey stand-out Brandon Wong has been signed to a professional contract by the American Hockey League's (AHL) Hartford (Conn.) Wolf Pack, the top affiliate of the National Hockey League's (NHL) New York Rangers. Bobcat fans will get a chance to see one of the most popular players in recent Quinnipiac history when the Wolf Pack play the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday, Oct. 1 at the Quinnipiac's TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.
It is Wong's second professional contract after he signed last season with the Grand Rapids Griffins, the affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings. Wong played three games with the Griffins last season, totaling one assist.
Wong finished the 2009-10 season as the NCAA Division I men's ice hockey scoring leader in power-play goals, with 14 in 40 games at a 0.35 per game clip. The senior wing totaled 19 goals and 22 assists for 41 points in 40 games played for the year. His 1.02 points per game ranked 61st in the nation. For his career, Wong totaled 68 goals and 75 assists for 143 points. His 68 goals rank 2nd all-time at Quinnipiac at the Division I level while his 75 assist rank eighth in the Bobcats' DI history. His 143 points are good for the fifth most in Quinnipiac's Division I history. All-time, he ranks seventh in career goals, 16th in career assists and ninth in career points.
In 2008-09, Wong saw limited playing time due to injuries, totaling nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points. Against Union in the 2008-09 season-opener at the Mutual of Omaha Stampede tournament, Wong had a natural hat trick, scoring three times in the first period. He totaled a season-high three assists against Niagara before missing 11 games with an injury. He returned for the Bobcats' ECAC Hockey Tournament First Round series against Colgate to score the game-winning goals, in overtime, in the first and third game of the series to send Quinnipiac to the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals.
As a sophomore during the 2007-08 season, Wong led the team points (37) and assists (24) while ranking third in goals scored (13). He led the team with 14 points during a 10-game win streak, Quinnipiac's longest in its Division I history. He also totaled two game-winners that season, one against Western Michigan in the first game of the Vermount Catamount Cup tournament, which Quinnipiac went on to win.Wong is also the most decorated freshman in Quinnipiac history, taking home the 2007 ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year award, and earning ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team and Third Team honors. He also earned the George Carens Award by the New England Hockey Writers as the top freshman in the region and was also named a Freshman All-American by Inside College Hockey. An All-Rookie Team selection by United States College Hockey Online, Wong was also honored as a runner-up for the National Rookie of the Year award. That year, he led Quinnipiac with 27 goals and 44 points, while also leading ECAC Hockey in goals, and registering an NCAA Division I-best three hat tricks.