CALGARY, Alberta – Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey junior Bryce Van Brabant (Morinville, Alberta) has signed as a free agent with the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL), as announced by the organization on Saturday, Mar. 29, 2014.
"Obviously I'm disappointed with how last night turned out, so right now its a bittersweet moment with the loss," Van Brabant said. "I'm excited to be joining the Calgary Flames, and I want to thank everyone involved at Quinnipiac. Without them I couldn't have imagined this being a possibility."
Van Brabant is the second Quinnipiac player in program history to sign with a NHL team in as many years after Eric Hartzell inked a deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2013. He is the first student-athlete to leave Quinnipiac prior to exhausting his NCAA eligibility. Van Brabant will join the Flames in Ottawa for the team's practice on Sunday, Mar. 30 and will make his professional debut on Tuesday, Apr. 1 when Calgary travels to face the Toronto Maple Leafs.
"We are extremely proud of Bryce and his signing with the Calgary Flames," Quinnipiac men's ice hockey head coach Rand Pecknold said. "He has been a major contributor to our success over the last three seasons here at Quinnipiac. It has been an absolute joy to coach a player with Bryce's work ethic, dedication and commitment to excellence."
The 6-3, 205 lbs. power forward entered his third year on campus with nine goals and 11 assists for his career. This past season, Van Brabant more-than-doubled his career goals total, potting 15 markers to go with seven assists for 22 points. He also ranked fifth in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey with 10 power play goals. Van Brabant finishes with 24 goals and 18 assists for 42 points in 115 career games.
Van Brabant also helped in solidifying Quinnipiac as a Top-10 college hockey power that won 74 games over the last three seasons, while the Bobcats earned at-large bids in each of the last two seasons. Last year's team also advanced to the National Championship game and captured the Cleary Cup for the ECAC Hockey Regular-Season Championship.