College Hockey:
Marian defenseman Fitzpatrick forgoes senior season for ECHL tryout

Marian defenseman Tommy Fitzpatrick has agreed to a tryout with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL and will not be back with the Sabres for his senior season.

Although Fitzpatrick has chosen not to participate in his final year of eligibility, he had already completed his business management degree in three years, according to a Marian spokesperson.

The Stingrays, a minor league affiliate of the Washington Capitals, are coached by Spencer Carbery, who played his college hockey for St. Norbert while current Marian head coach A.J. Aitken was an assistant there.

“This is a great opportunity for Tommy to experience the professional ranks,” Aitken said in a Marian news release. “I’m happy that I was able to open the door for him and now look forward to him taking advantage of this opportunity.”

Fitzpatrick was selected to his third straight All-MCHA team last season after tallying two goals and 15 assists for 17 points. Fitzpatrick recorded a school-record 62 assists in his career, a school record, and also set the record for points by a defenseman with 75 points in 78 career games.

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  • Tiger

    Why would you give up your senior year to try-out of a ECHL team? A year away from possibly getting a degree to sign a AA contact! These kids don’t realise how hard it is to make it to the NHL and that one day they will need a degree.

    • scpa0305

      Because he plays D3….this is his only shot. I don’t say this too often (regarding players leaving early), but this is this kid’s time. You don’t pass up an oppurtunity like this.

    • fred

      can you not read? it says he has completed his degree. move along.

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