Seven UConn men’s hockey seniors heading to AHL, ECHL

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Seven of UConn men’s hockey seniors have signed professional contracts since the Huskies’ season ended.

Marc Gatcomb and Darion Hanson signed deals in the AHL while Jonny Evans, Jarrod Gourley, Kevin O’Neil, Carter Turnbull and Ryan Wheeler all ended up in the ECHL.

Hanson signed with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, on a professional tryout (PTO), but has yet to appear in a game between the posts. Gatcomb is the newest signing, joining the Abbotsford Canucks, an affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks, on a contract that begins next season.

Meanwhile, Evans, O’Neil and Turnbull all signed with the South Carolina Stingrays and helped the team win its last four games. The three have combined for 17 points in six games since joining the team with three goals and five assists for Evans, six goals and an assist for O’Neil and two goals for Turnbull.

O’Neil and Turnbull have recorded game-winning goals in overtime for the Stingrays so far.

Gourley has turned his only season at Storrs into an amateur tryout (ATO) with the Adirondack Thunder, where he has played four games so far with one assist.

Meanwhile, Wheeler signed a professional contract with the Iowa Heartlanders. He’s one of the Huskies’ Hockey East era success stories as a player who gradually transitioned from one of the team’s weakest defensemen to a pro. Wheeler has one assist in six games so far this season.

In addition to those seven, Vladislav Firstov and Jachym Kondelik have signed with the Minnesota Wild and Nashville Predators respectively, the same teams that drafted them. Firstov had two assists in four games with the AHL’s Iowa Wild while Kondelik had just one game (no points) with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals.

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