Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins Sign UMass Hockey's Sheary
March 12, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass hockey senior co-captain Conor Sheary has signed an amateur tryout agreement (ATO) with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the organization announced on Wednesday evening. The forward has also agreed to terms with the Penguins on an American Hockey League contract for the 2014-15 season.
"I'm excited to start the next chapter of my hockey career," said Sheary. "I'd like to thank everyone at UMass, friends and family for helping me to get where I am and to have this opportunity."
The Melrose, Mass., native finished his four-year collegiate career with 104 points on 38 goals and 66 assists, including 12 power-play tallies, three shorthanded goals and three game winners. He became the 12th player in UMass history to reach the century mark in points back on Feb. 14 and ranks in the top-15 all-time in career assists (t-7th), points (8th), shorthanded goals (t-8th), power-play goals (t-14th) and goals (t-15th).
Sheary missed just one of a possible 139 games over his four seasons with the Minutemen and played in the last 133 straight. As a senior in 2013-14, he led UMass in scoring with 28 points on nine goals and a squad-best 19 assists.
Sheary becomes the 25th former Minuteman currently playing professional hockey as UMass has alumni in the professional ranks around the globe in nine different countries: Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States. Among the group, there are five former Minutemen currently playing in the NHL. Sheary, who will report to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this weekend, will be the fourth UMass hockey alum in the AHL, joining former teammates Conor Allen, Joel Hanley and Danny Hobbs.