UMass' Allen Signs With New York Rangers
March 29, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass hockey junior defenseman Conor Allen signed a free agent contract with the New York Rangers on Friday. Allen, who will forgo his fourth and final year of collegiate eligibility, becomes the third Minuteman to sign a pro contract this month, joining seniors Rocco Carzo and Darren Rowe.
"We are all excited for Conor as he takes this next step in his hockey career," said UMass head coach John Micheletto. "The Rangers organization is getting a quality person and hockey player. He's worked extremely hard on his development and is so worthy of this reward. Conor has represented UMass well in the classroom, on the ice and in the community during his time here and we will miss him. We will also proudly watch and cheer on his career as he achieves all the greatness he deserves."
Allen played in 33 of 34 games in 2012-13 as a regular on UMass' top defensive pairing. He recorded five goals and 14 assists for a career-high 19 points during his junior campaign to rank fourth on the squad in scoring. The native of Chicago, Ill., also finished the year third in assists and tallied the most points of all Minutemen defensemen. Skating with both the power play and penalty kill units, Allen totaled nine points on special teams in 2012-13. He led the Minutemen in blocked shots with 57 and finished tied for eighth in Hockey East for defensemen scoring, as well.
"I am thankful the New York Rangers have given me this opportunity," said Allen. "The last three years have been a great experience and I look forward to getting my degree and cheering on the Minutemen in the future."
Throughout this time in Amherst, Allen saw action in 99 career games and totaled 39 points on 14 goals and 25 assists.