ESTERO, Fla. – The Florida Everblades East Coast Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that former Bemidji State University forward Brendan Harms has signed a contract to play out the remainder of the 2016-17 season.
The Steinbach, Manitoba native made his professional debut Friday when the Everblades defeated the Orlando Solar Bears 3-2 at Germain Arena.
Harms will play out the remainder of the season with Florida, which includes 12 regular-season games and the ECHL playoffs, with the hope of catching on with the organization for the 2017-18 campaign.
Harms posted 21 points (8g-13a), which included six power-play goals and two game-winners as a senior.
With 88 career points (33g-55a) in four seasons and 141 games, Harms ranks among the top 12 on BSU’s Division I-era scoring list, while his 55 assists place him eighth at BSU since 1999-2000.
An All-WCHA Third Team selection (2014-15), and a three-time recipient of the WCHA’s Scholar-Athlete Awards as well as a three-time member of the league’s all-academic team, Harms finished his career totaling at least 20 points in each of his four seasons at BSU, which includes a career-best 25 points (8g-17a) as a junior (2015-16).
The Everblades currently hold down first place in the South Division of the ECHL’s Eastern Conference with an overall record of 41-15-2-3 and remain in the hunt for postseason play and could clinch a playoff spot with a win over Orlando Saturday.
The Beavers finish the 2016-17 campaign with an overall record of 22-16-3, to mark the first time BSU has posted at least 22 wins since the 2009-10 season. Bemidji State also recorded a 20-6-2-2 record in WCHA play, to set a program record for wins as a member of the league (since 2010-11), won its 22nd conference title and its first as a member of the WCHA, the MacNaughton Cup and treated its dedicated fans to a Sanford Center-record 13 home wins.
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).