Carsen Chubak has decided to turn pro.
The Niagara University goaltender, who just completed his junior season, signed a one-year, one-way American Hockey League contract for the 2013-14 season with the Adirondack Phantoms, the top affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Chubak was the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year and one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award. He was 23-7-5 with a 1.91 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage. He led the conference in wins, goals-against average and save percentage. His six shutouts were tied for first in the nation.
“We are happy for Carsen and wish him well with his professional endeavors,” Niagara coach Dave Burkholder said. “The Phantoms are getting a very dedicated and focused individual.”
“Our scouts saw him a lot,” Chris Pryor, the Flyers’ director of hockey operations, told the Philadelphia Inquirer from the world championships in Stockholm. “He’s a good fit for us.”
“He’s not big, but he’s extremely competitive and athletic,” Pryor said. “He never gives up on a shot in tight, and those type of goalies tend to do well.”
After missing most of his first two years at Niagara because of knee and hip injuries, the 5-foot-11, 170-pound Saskatchewan native turned heads in November when he posted a 0.71 GAA and a .977 save percentage, making 214 saves in 420 minutes. He had three straight shutouts at Dwyer Arena, just the second Niagara goalie to accomplish that feat. The other was Greg Gardner in 1999-2000.
He owns the Niagara record for most consecutive shutout minutes with 258:32. He ranks second on the single-season saves list (987) and single-season minutes played list (2042.28).
The goaltender helped Niagara to its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 2008. The Purple Eagles were an at-large selection and lost to No. 2 seed North Dakota, 2-1, in the first round. Niagara won the regular season title in Atlantic Hockey and was 23-10-5 overall. The Purple Eagles lost in the semifinals of the conference tournament to eventual champion Canisius. They finished 15th, their highest ever, in the USCHO.com Division I Poll.
The Phantoms went 31-38-7 in their fourth season in Glens Falls since moving from Philadelphia when the Spectrum was torn down.