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Penn State Hockey: McAdam To Forego Senior Season

by on March 23, 2016 11:45 AM

It's good news and bad new for Penn State hockey as goaltender Eamon McAdam will forego his final season of eligibility, and become the second Nittany Lion in program history to sign an NHL contract.

A 2013 NHL draft choice by the New York Islanders, the franchise announced on Wednesday morning that McAdam has signed a three-year entry-level deal with the 2015-16 season played on an amateur tryout agreement (ATO).

“We are very proud of Eamon and his growth as a goaltender and a teammate,” said head coach Guy Gadowsky. “He had a tremendous season and we will surely miss him, but we are very excited to watch his success with the Islanders. Eamon is also an excellent student and has assured us he will graduate. I know Eamon loves Penn State and he will always be a big part of our hockey program and the University.”

“Thank you to everyone at Penn State,” said McAdam in a statement. “All the staff, fans and my teammates who I’ve had the opportunity to play with here. Thank you for all the opportunities and chances they’ve given me over the past three years. It’s been an amazing time, the best three years of my life and I’m excited to see where this program will go in the near future. I came here to help set a foundation for future Penn State hockey players and I hope I helped make this program better than it was when I got here.”

In leaving the Nittany Lions, McAdam joins Casey Bailey as the first two Nittany Lions to sign NHL tenders. McAdam was a third-round pick (70th overall selection) in the 2013 entry draft prior to signing with Penn State.

McAdam leaves Penn State following his best season to date. In 2015-16, McAdam started in a career-high 22 games and posted season-bests in GAA (2.98), save percentage (.913), saves (631) and record (13-8-1). His 13 victories were a school record as was his .614 winning percentage for a single-season.

McAdam leaves Penn State second all-time in games played (44), games started (44), goalie minutes (2420:08), saves (1,256), save percentage (.905), goals-against average (3.27) win percentage (.463) and victories (18). McAdam is the only Penn State goaltender to record points, tallying four assists in his three years, three of which came this past season to tie him for the nation’s lead.

Penn State will now turn to incoming freshman Peyton Jones and sophomore Chris Funkey in net as the Nittany Lions look to improve on a historic season that nearly ended in the program's first ever NCAA tournament berth. Former goalie Matthew Skoff signed a similar deal with ECHL team the Reading Royals on Tuesday.



Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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