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Priskie inks deal with Hurricanes

Quinnipiac University defenceman and Salmon Arm Silverbacks alum Chase Priskie signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

The 23-year-old was originally drafted by the Washington Capitals in the sixth round (177th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft, but became a free agent after he did not sign with the team.

Priskie spent the last four years at Quinnipiac and the last two as the team captain. He played in 154 games over his college career and put up 116 points. He’s coming off his senior year where he had a career-high 39 points in 36 games, was named an ECAC Hockey First-Team All-Star and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award for NCAA Player of the Year.

“Chase was one of the best defensemen in college hockey last season,” Hurricanes President and General Manager Don Waddell said in a release from the team. “We believe he has a bright future in the NHL and we’re thrilled that he has chosen to come to Carolina.”

Priskie, from Pembroke Pines, Fla., played one season in the BCHL where he had six goals and 14 assists for 20 points in 57 games.