Van Brabant gives up senior year at Quinnipiac, signs with Calgary

Quinnipiac junior forward Bryce Van Brabant has signed a free-agent contract with the Calgary Flames.

“Obviously, I’m disappointed with how last night turned out, so right now, it’s a bittersweet moment with the loss,” Van Brabant said in a news release. “I’m excited to be joining the Calgary Flames and I want to thank everyone involved at Quinnipiac. Without them, I couldn’t have imagined this being a possibility.”

Van Brabant is the first player to leave Quinnipiac with NCAA eligibility remaining.

He will join the Flames in Ottawa for the team’s practice on Sunday and will make his professional debut on Apr. 1 when Calgary travels to face the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“We are extremely proud of Bryce and his signing with the Calgary Flames,” Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold said in a statement. “He has been a major contributor to our success over the last three seasons here at Quinnipiac. It has been an absolute joy to coach a player with Bryce’s work ethic, dedication and commitment to excellence.”

This past season, Van Brabant recorded 15 goals and 22 points and also ranked fifth in the country with 10 power-play goals.

Van Brabant finishes with 24 goals and 18 assists for 42 points in 115 career games with the Bobcats.