Daccord becomes first Arizona State player to sign NHL contract, leaves Sun Devils after junior year for Ottawa

Joey Daccord (35 - Arizona State) (2019 Omar Phillips)
Joey Daccord started all 35 games this season for Arizona State (photo: Omar Phillips).

Arizona State junior goaltender Joey Daccord has signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the NHL’s Ottawa Senators.

He will join the team Tuesday in Ottawa and will remain with the Senators for the remainder of the season.

Daccord becomes the first Sun Devil in program history to sign an NHL entry-level deal.

“It’s an incredible honor and something I’ve worked towards my whole life and I couldn’t’ have done it without Arizona State University, Coach [Greg] Powers, and the entire staff at Sun Devil hockey,” said Daccord in a statement. “I’m incredibly thankful for everyone that’s been a part of this, including the Ottawa Senators organization.”

The 2019 Mike Richter Award finalist was selected by the Senators in the seventh round (199th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft.

“We couldn’t be more proud of Joey,” added Powers. “Joey came here to set a standard and he did that and more. Joey is a Sun Devil for life and we cannot wait to support him on his journey in the National Hockey League with the Ottawa Senators.”

In 2018-19, Daccord set program records, including starting all 35 games for the Sun Devils, going 21-13-1. He ranked among the top goaltenders in all stat lines, including an NCAA-leading seven shutouts during the regular season, and finishing with a 2.35 GAA and a .926 save percentage.

The North Andover, Mass., native finished his three-year stint at ASU with a 32-40-7 record, a 3.07 GAA and a .913 save percentage.