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M. Ice Hockey. UMass' Brandon Montour Signs With Anaheim Ducks

UMass freshman defenseman Brandon Montour has signed with the Anaheim Ducks, foregoing the final three years of his collegiate eligibility. Montour was selected by Anaheim in the second round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, 55th overall, the highest draft pick in UMass history.

"I am excited to be signing with the Anaheim Ducks," said Montour. "It's another step closer, but there's lot more work to go. I'd like to thank everyone who has supported me since the beginning--friends, coaches and, most importantly, my family. This is truly a dream come true. Although it was for a short period of time, I can't thank the staff at UMass enough, as well as the players. I will never forget the time I had there. Thanks for everything!"

"When our staff started recruiting Brandon Montour some two years ago, we knew he was a great kid and fantastic prospect; little did we know how great and how fantastic," said UMass Head Coach John Micheletto. "In his short time with UMass Hockey, he has had a significant impact and for that we are thankful. We also wish him immediate and long-lasting success as he attacks his next goal!"

Montour, who joined the Minutemen at the conclusion of the 2014 Fall semester, played in 21 games in 2014-15 and amassed 20 points on three goals and 17 assists, including six multi-point efforts. He logged a career-high three assists in UMass' five overtime victory over Notre Dame in the Hockey East Tournament.

The Oshweken, Ontario native's 20 points were the most by a rookie defenseman in UMass' Hockey East Era and his .95 points per-game average trailed only All-American Thomas Pöck's 37 and 41-point junior and senior campaigns.

In his first full month of college hockey, Montour led UMass with 10 points in eight games in January on two goals and eight assists, including four multi-point efforts, and posted an even rating to earn Hockey East Rookie of the Month recognition. Seven of the defenseman's 10 points came in special teams situations in January with a goal and three assists on the power play and a goal and two assists shorthanded, factoring in all of the squad's three shorthanded tallies on the month.

Montour joins Frank Vatrano as the second Minuteman to ink an NHL deal this offseason and is the 13th UMass player to sign his first professional contract in the past two years.

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