BRIDGEPORT, CT – The Bridgeport Sound Tigers, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s New York Islanders, announced today that former Bemidji State University defenseman Graeme McCormack has signed an Amateur Tryout (ATO) contract to play out the remainder of the 2015-16 season.
The Thunder Bay, Ontario native made his professional debut Sunday in a 4-2 victory over the Albany Devils. The former BSU captain didn’t record any stats in the game.
McCormack will play out the remainder of the season with Bridgeport, which includes 11 regular-season games, with the hope of catching on with the organization for the 2016-17 campaign. The Tigers are also in fourth place in the AHL’s Atlantic Division with a 36-23-3-3 record and are in line for a trip to the Calder Cup Playoffs.
McCormack posted a career-high 22 points (6g-16a), which included four power-play goals and a game-winner as a senior. He led the team in power-play scoring, netting 15 points (4g-11a) on the man advantage, while pacing the Beavers and ranking among the nation’s top shot blockers with 70.
McCormack collected 51 career points (11g-40a) in four seasons and 136 games in the Green and White to rank 33rd on BSU’s Division I-era scoring list, while tying for 36th on BSU’s all-time defenseman scoring list.
Bemidji State, which finished 17-16-6 overall and posted an 11-12-5 mark in WCHA play to finish fifth in the league, wrapped up the 2015-16 campaign dropping a best-of-three WCHA Playoff series at Bowling Green State University.
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).