Quinnipiac University men’s ice hockey junior Bryce Van Brabant has signed as a free agent Saturday afternoon with the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL).
After the season ended for the Bobcats on Friday, Van Brabant is looking forward to a new opportunity.
“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 player in Quinnipiac program history to sign with a NHL team in the last few years, as Eric Hartzell inked a deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2013. He is also the first student-athlete to leave Quinnipiac prior to completing each of his years of NCAA eligibility.
Van Brabant will be joining the Flames in Ottawa for the team’s practice on Sunday, Mar. 30 and will look to 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 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, putting 15 goals in the net 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 at Quinnipiac.
Van Brabant will be well-known as one of the key players that 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 into the NCAA Tournament in each of the last two seasons. Last year’s team also advanced to the National Championship game where they were the National Runner-Up after they captured the Cleary Cup for the ECAC Hockey Regular-Season Championship.