MacQueen inks a professional contract with Lake Erie
Friday, March 16, 2012
MacQueen inks a professional contract with Lake Erie

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Jamie MacQueen (St. Thomas, Ontario), a former forward for the Bemidji State University men’s ice hockey team, has signed a professional contract with the Lake Erie Monsters, the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche.

MacQueen may make his professional debut as early as tonight when the Monsters host the Milwaukee Admirals at Quicken Loans Arena
at 7:30 p.m. in Cleveland, Ohio.

Tomorrow, MacQueen and the Monsters welcome Brad Hunt (Ridge Meadows, British Columbia) and the Chicago Wolves to Cleveland for a 7:35 p.m. contest.

MacQueen will play out the remainder of the season with Lake Erie, which includes at least 13 regular-season games through April 14, with the hope of catching on with the organization for the 2012-13 campaign.

MacQueen will wear No. 28, the same number he wore as a freshman with the Beavers (2008-09).

In 36 games played during the 2011-12 campaign, MacQueen piled up 11 points (5g-6a), which included an assist on the game-winning goal versus Colorado College Feb. 10. He finished the season sitting seventh in scoring among BSU forwards. The St. Thomas, Ontario native matched a career-high two goals March 10 at North Dakota as he single-handedly lead a BSU comeback attempt in the opening round of the WCHA Playoffs.

In 147 games played at BSU, MacQueen accumulated 24 goals and 23 assists for 47 points. He finished his collegiate career with six game-winning goals and sits tied for seventh on BSU’s Division I-era (since 1999-2000) game-winning goals list.

While at BSU, MacQueen helped lead the Beavers to an overall record of 74-61-13, to a pair of CHA championships, two trips to the NCAA Tournament, which included a magical ride to the 2009 Frozen Four, in addition to an upset of eventual national champion Minnesota Duluth in quarterfinals of the 2011 WCHA/Red Baron Final Five. He was also a member of the last BSU team to skate in the storied John S. Glas Fieldhouse and was not only a member of the first to make its home in Bemidji’s new Sanford Center, he scored the first goal in the building.  

Equally as talented in the classroom, MacQueen is a two-time Academic All-WCHA selection, a two-time WCHA Scholar Athlete honoree and was an Academic All-CHA pick in 2010.

Lake Erie currently holds down second place in the AHL’s Western Conference’s North Division with an overall record of 32-25-2-4.

Bemidji State, which finished 17-18-3 overall and posted an 11-14-3 mark in Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) play to finish ninth in the league, wrapped up the 2011-12 campaign with a trip to No. 12 University of North Dakota for the opening round of the WCHA playoffs.