Cornell senior forward Shane Hynes has signed a professional contract with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
“The coaching staff and players are extremely happy for Shane in that he is fulfilling a lifelong dream of playing professional hockey,” said head coach Mike Schafer.
Hynes, who was the Big Red’s second-leading scorer in 2004-05 with seven goals and 21 assists for 28 points, was selected by the Mighty Ducks with the 86th overall pick in the third round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He was slated to serve as an assistant captain on the Cornell team in the upcoming season, but felt the timing was right to make the jump.
“I went to a conditioning camp in Anaheim last month, and we have been back and forth in talks since then,” Hynes said. “They had offered several contracts that were not worth leaving school for, but they came back with something last night that forced me to really look at it. This is a good move for me. Anaheim is a great organization and it is a perfect fit. I think it is what is best for my career right now.”
Over his three seasons with the Big Red, Hynes tallied 27 goals and 39 assists for 66 points in 95 contests. In 2003-04, he had nine goals and nine assists for 18 points, but upped his overall production in his junior season.