The Montreal Canadiens have signed Union senior left winger Daniel Carr to a two-year contract, the team announced Thursday.
Carr, the Dutchmen's all-time leading scorer at the Division I level with 157 points, helped Union win the national championship this season. He led the team in scoring with 22 goals and 28 assists. His 50 points were a team record for points in a season at the Division I level.
Carr is the third Union player to sign with an NHL club, joining Shayne Gostisbehere, who signed with the Philadelphia Flyers, and Mat Bodie, who signed with the New York Rangers.
Carr, who is from Sherwood Park, Alberta, attended Game 4 of the Canadiens’ Stanley Cup first-round playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. He saw the Canadiens win, 4-3, to complete a series sweep.
“I got a good feel when I was up there visiting,” Carr said. “They’re good people. That was one of the big things for me. There’s good leadership at the helm. There’s good leadership everywhere in the NHL, so I’m not taking anything away from anyone else. But when you hear it from the players and other management saying that’s why they’re there, that’s a good sign.
“The culture in Montreal is exceptional. The other thing is being Canadian, you have a very, very good and strong appreciation for the history that the Montreal Canadiens have. It’s just an honor to be a part of it.”
Union coach Rick Bennett is pleased for Carr, who was a part of three ECACH regular season titles, three ECACH tournament championships, four NCAA tournament appearances and two Frozen Fours.
“I think it’s great for our program,” Bennett said. “What is really special is players like Daniel Carr and Mat Bodie played four seasons here, and it just goes show a lot of, not only our current guys but guys across the college landscape, that, you know what, if you stay four years, good things can happen as far as fulfilling your dreams in playing in the National Hockey League.”