30 BCHL alumni sign pro contracts following NCAA season

Photo credits: BSU Photo Services (Sillinger), Mark Kuhlmann/Omaha Athletics (Ward), Michigan Photography (Johnson)

The end of the college hockey season always signifies a free-agent frenzy for players looking to turn pro. The national championship was handed out to the University of Denver last Saturday night, but signings have been taking place since the regular season ended back in early March.

So far, 30 former BCHL players have signed professional contracts, including four with National Hockey League teams and several more are expected in the coming weeks.

National Hockey League

Corey Andonovski – Princeton University  – Pittsburgh Penguins (Chilliwack Chiefs)
Kent Johnson – University of Michigan – Columbus Blue Jackets* (Trail Smoke Eaters)
Clay Stevenson – Dartmouth College – Washington Capitals (Coquitlam Express)
Taylor Ward – University of Nebraska-Omaha – Los Angeles Kings (Penticton Vees)

*Drafted by that team.

American Hockey League

Easton Brodzinski – St. Cloud State University – Hartford Wolf Pack (Penticton Vees)
Trevor Cosgrove – Northern Michigan University – Bridgeport Islanders (Alberni Valley Bulldogs)
Max Kaufman – Boston University – Laval Rockets (Langley Rivermen)
Griffin Mendel – Quinnipiac University – Chicago Wolves (Penticton Vees)
Kohen Olischefski – Providence College – Rochester Americans (Chilliwack Chiefs)
Owen Sillinger – Bemidji State University – Cleveland Monsters (Penticton Vees)

East Coast Hockey League

Matt Baker – University of Massachusetts – Adirondack Thunder (Wenatchee Wild)
Kyle Betts – Cornell University – Utah Grizzlies (Powell River Kings)
Eric Butte – Army West Point – Kansas City Mavericks (Langley Rivermen)
Joe Cipollone – University of New Hampshire – South Carolina Stingrays (Vernon Vipers)
Seamus Donohue – St. Cloud State University – South Carolina Stingrays (Penticton Vees)
Zach Driscoll – University of North Dakota – Toledo Walleye (Penticton Vees)
Jonny Evans – University of Connecticut – South Carolina Stingrays (Powell River Kings)
Darion Hanson – University of Connecticut – Reading Royals (Vernon Vipers)
Chris Harpur – Niagara University – Orlando Solar Bears (Victoria/Cowichan Valley)
Steven Jandric – Merrimack College – Worcester Railers (Vernon Vipers)
Linden Marshall – Rensselaer Polytechnic University – Greenville Swamp Rabbits (Trail Smoke Eaters)
Paul McAvoy – Colgate University – Atlanta Gladiators (Surrey Eagles)
Max Newton – Merrimack College – Worcester Railers (Trail/Cowichan Valley)
Dakota Raabe – Sacred Heart University – Utah Grizzlies (Wenatchee Wild)
Luke Santerno – Clarkson University – Greenville Swamp Rabbits (Cowichan Valley/Trail)
Mark Sinclair – Michigan Tech University – Cincinnati Cyclones (Chilliwack Chiefs)
Jake Stevens – Long Island University – Iowa Heartlanders (Victoria Grizzlies)
Carter Turnbull – University of Connecticut – South Carolina Stingrays (Powell River Kings)
Tyler Ward – University of New Hampshire – Maine Mariners (Merritt Centennials)
Tyler Welsh – Long Island University – Newfoundland Growlers (Victoria Grizzlies)

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This list will be updated as more signings happen.