Van Brabant excited to join Flames
CALGARY, AB -- Twenty-four hours ago, he was a member of the Quinnipiac Bobcats.
On Saturday, forward Bryce Van Brabant became the newest member of the Calgary Flames.
After Quinnipiac was eliminated by Providence College in the NCAA East Regional semifinal Friday, Van Brabant signed a two-year entry-level contract with an average annual value of $1,350,000 per season with the Flames.
"Obviously I'm disappointed on how last night turned out, so right now it’s a bittersweet moment with the loss, " the Morinville, AB native said. "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."
In signing a deal with the Flames, Van Brabant will forgo his senior season at Quinnipiac.
In 40 games this season, he recorded 15 goals and 22 points -- both career highs. His 113 penalty minutes were also a single season best. In all, the 6-foot-2, 195-pounder had 24 goals and 42 points in 115 games in the ECAC.
Prior to attending Quinnipiac, the 22-year-old spent three seasons playing for the Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, scoring 22 goals and 47 points in 151 career games.
Van Brabant will join the Flames, who embark on a five-game road trip starting Sunday against the Ottawa Senators. His debut is expected to come later in the week and will mark the first time a Quinnipiac alum will appear in an NHL game.