Vermont men's hockey senior forward Chris McCarthy has signed a National Hockey League contract with the New York Rangers. Team President and General Manager Glen Sather announced the signing on Monday afternoon. McCarthy skated in exactly 150 games during his five-year career as a Catamount, which is the third highest total in program history.
"It's always been a dream of mine to one day sign an NHL contract. The fact that it's with an Original Six team makes it even more special," said McCarthy. "I would like to thank my family, teammates, coaches, fans, and the support staff at UVM for all they have done for me during my career. The coaching staff has pushed me every day on and off the ice to help my overall development. UVM is a special place that has produced many NHL stars. I hope to one day wear the Rangers jersey and continue that proud tradition."
McCarthy finished his career in a tie for 30th on the school's all-time scoring list with 114 points on 46 goals and 68 assists. The Collegeville, Pa. native led the team and ranked seventh in Hockey East with a career-high 42 points during his senior campaign. He also ranked top-10 in the league in both goals (18) and assists (24), posting 12 multi-point games in his final season.
"This is an exciting moment for Chris, his family, and certainly all of us here at UVM," said head coach Kevin Sneddon. "Chris has been a fantastic player, a great leader, and a great role model during his time at the University of Vermont. The New York Rangers have acquired an excellent player and person to add to their organization. We wish Chris the best of luck as he embarks on his professional career this week."
McCarthy went to the NCAA Tournament in 2010 with the Catamounts as a true freshman and led UVM to its sixth all-time NCAA Tournament berth as a co-captain last week. The senior scored a pair of goals in the East Regional Semifinal against No. 1 Union and was named to the Regional All-Tournament Team. He had a plus-16 rating in 38 games this year and ranked fourth in Hockey East with 140 shots on goal.
Courtesy: UVM Athletic Department/New York Rangers
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