BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Less than two weeks after completing his career as the University of New England men's ice hockey program's most prolific player, senior Trevor Fleurent this morning (Mar. 17) signed a professional contract with the Fayetteville FireAntz of the Southern Professional Hockey League.
Fleurent, who plans on working toward the completion of his degree while with Fayetteville, is scheduled to be in the lineup tonight when the FireAntz take on the Knoxville Ice Bears at 7:30 p.m.
A graduate of Biddeford High School and former winner of the Travis Roy Award, Fleurent finished his career as UNE's leader in goals (50), assists (66) and points (116). He is coming off a season during which he totaled 20 goals and 25 assists as the Nor'easters advanced to the Commonwealth Coast Conference championship game before dropping a heartbreaking 5-4 decision to Endicott College. Fleurent was a first team all-conference selection.
In the most recent listing of the national statistical leaders, Fleurent is tied for first in power-play goals (10) and second in points per game (1.80).
"I am very excited to be starting my pro career for the Fayetteville FireAntz and helping them with their playoff run," Fleurent said. "It was a honor to represent the University of New England for the last four years. I would like to thank my family, friends, teammates, and coaches for the endless support to get me to this point."
The FireAntz, who have already clinched a playoff spot, have 10 regular-season games remaining and are tied for third in the league standings with 62 points. They feature the league's top scorer in Tayler Thompson (17-38-55) and play at the Crown Coliseum, which has a seating capacity of 8,500.
"This is a great opportunity for Trevor," commented UNE head coach Kevin Swallow. "He had an outstanding career at UNE and was, without a doubt, one of the best players in the country this season. Trevor is an extremely talented player, but what sets him apart from others is his work ethic. He never takes off a single shift in a game or a single rep in practice. I am glad to see him rewarded for the work he has put in."