It didn’t take long for members of the Union and RPI men’s ice hockey programs to start looking for new schools, now that both have canceled their 2020-21 seasons.
Union head coach Rick Bennett confirmed that star senior forward Jack Adams, a Detroit Red Wings draft pick, has entered the NCAA transfer portal.
It was reported last week that RPI’s star goalie, Owen Savory, had already put his name in the portal in anticipation of the lost season, and head coach Dave Smith confirmed that Savory had landed at UMass Lowell.
RPI announced on Monday that it was canceling, and Union followed suit on Tuesday, leaving ECAC Hockey with just four of 12 teams planning to play.
Adams, projected to be Union’s leading goal scorer this season, missed his junior year in 2019-20 after blowing out his knee during the Red Wings’ prospect development camp in the summer of 2019.
He spent the down time rehabbing his knee and getting into shape for his senior year, but if he plays this season, it won’t be at Union. He had four goals and nine assists as a freshman and was 10-12-22 as a sophomore for a total of 14-21-35.
Savory started 23 games as a freshman in 2018-19 and 24 this past season, when he had a .932 save percentage and was a finalist for the Ken Dryden Award.
He had five shutouts as a sophomore and was named ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week four times and Goalie of the Month twice.
As a freshman, he was an ECACH Rookie of the Year finalist.
UMass Lowell opens its Hockey East season next Friday against Northeastern.