Pirri Signs With Chicago, Leaves Rensselaer After One Season

Rensselaer has seen a second player this offseason sign a pro contract after just one season in school.

Brandon Pirri’s contract with the Chicago Blackhawks was finalized Tuesday.

“It is a terrific opportunity as I continue to work toward my ultimate goal, which is to play in the NHL,” Pirri said in a statement. “Signing with the Blackhawks at this time would not have been possible without my experiences at RPI. I learned a great deal from the coaching staff, my teammates and all the others who work with the Engineers. It is a first-class program and I wish them nothing but success.”

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Pirri was Chicago’s second-round draft pick, No. 59 overall, in 2009.

He joins Jerry D’Amigo as Engineers players who have signed pro contracts this summer with eligibility remaining. D’Amigo signed with Toronto on Aug. 11.

Pirri played all 39 games in his freshman season, scoring 11 goals and recording an ECAC Hockey-high 32 assists.

“I want to congratulate Brandon on signing a great contract with the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks,” Rensselaer coach Seth Appert said. “He established himself as an elite offensive threat in his freshman year while making huge strides in his overall game and strength development through the help of his teammates. We wish Brandon the best and he will always have a home with the RPI Hockey Family.”