College Hockey:
Hellebuyck leaves Massachusetts-Lowell after two seasons, signs with Jets

Massachusetts-Lowell’s Connor Hellebuyck led the nation in GAA and save percentage this season (photo: Melissa Wade).

Hockey East first-team goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the Winnipeg Jets and will leave Massachusetts-Lowell after two seasons.

Hellebuyck’s contract is a two-way deal with an average annual value of $925,000.

He was 18-9-2 and led the nation with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage. He collected two of his six shutouts this season in the Hockey East tournament, backstopping the River Hawks to a second straight league postseason championship.

Hellebuyck was a fifth-round pick by the Jets in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

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  • lah02155

    He played for TWO seasons at Lowell, not three.

  • jdhockeyboyz

    This one stings. Will Wilcox stay or will he go?

    • JohnGaltIam

      And so goes college hockey post 2008, or so. All the great ones leave after their sophomore seasons. So great coaching will make the difference. Almost no teams have stellar upperclassmen or tons of chemistry between their great players… they have no great players for more than a year. (yes, JohnnyHockey included)

  • hockeyman41

    He earned this chance to play in the NHL. I wish him nothing but much luck and success.

  • Richard Neal

    Hard to turn down that kind of money. A lot of talent has left Lowell….. I hope the coach can find replacements. Good luck to all who gave their all for the Riverhawks and are being rewarded for their efforts!

  • Vinnie Vega

    Please tell me that we’re not hanging our fortunes on Robbins.

  • Tim

    I personally know Connor. I have been best friends with his brother Chris for 15 years and have become a very good friend of connors. He works hard on the ice and off the ice( i workout with him in the offseason). You guys got a gem.

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