College Hockey:
BC’s Petrecki Signs with Sharks

Wil forego final two years of eligibility to pursue pro career

— Boston College defenseman Nick Petrecki will forego his final two seasons of eligibility at Boston College to pursue a professional career in the San Jose Sharks organization. Petrecki registered 19 points (five goals and 14 assists) in 77 career games at BC.

He recorded 12 points (five goals and seven assists) in 42 games during his freshman season in which the Eagles earned the Beanpot title, Hockey East Tournament title and the national championship. Petrecki earned All Tournament honors at the NCAA Northeast Regional in Worcester, Mass., after he scored the teams first of three second-period goals in a 4-3 overtime victory over Miami (on March 30, 2008), one year ago today.

He tallied seven assists in 35 games as a sophomore in 2008-09.

“We wish Nick the very best of luck as he prepares to pursue his lifelong dream of playing in the National Hockey League,” said Boston College head coach Jerry York. “In his two years in our program, Nick has been a strong defenseman and a solid presence in the locker room. I am confident he will continue to display these same talents at the professional level.”

Petrecki was selected by San Jose in the first round (28th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

“Nick has been a staple on the Boston College blue line for the last two seasons and has been a big part of their success,” said Doug Wilson, executive vice president and general manager of the Sharks, in a statement. “We are thankful that Nick was afforded the opportunity to be a part of the winning tradition that Coach Jerry York has established at BC. The experiences he has had over the last two years will go a long way in his continued development into a quality NHL player with our organization.”

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