Struthers pens ECHL deal with Swamp Rabbits

Struthers pens ECHL deal with Swamp Rabbits
Monday, March 12, 2018
Struthers pens ECHL deal with Swamp Rabbits

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, East Coast Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s New York Rangers, have signed former Bemidji State University blueliner Carter Struthers to play out the remainder of the 2017-18 season.

The Weyburn, Saskatchewan native, made his professional debut Saturday when Greenville hosted the Orlando Solar Bears at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. In two games, Struthers has four shots on goal, two penalty minutes and an even plus/minus rating.

Struthers will play out the remainder of the season with the Swamp Rabbits, which includes 12 regular-season contests. Greenville is currently 21-33-6-1 and seventh in the ECHL’s South Division.

Struthers joins former Beaver Matt Prapavessis on the Swamp Rabbits’ blue line. Prapavessis (2011-15) has 20 points (4g-16a), playing in 51 of 62 games for Greenville this season.

Struthers played in 13 games as a senior and posted a career-high three points (1g-2a) on 2017-18. The blueliner netted his first collegiate goal Dec. 9 in a 4-4 tie with Northern Michigan University. Dec. 15 he added a career-best two assists to help the Beavers to a 5-1 victory versus the University of Alaska-Anchorage. He finished the season with nine blocked shots, 18 shots on goal and a +2 plus/minus rating.

In 49 collegiate games spread over five years, Struthers posted four points (1g-3a). After seven games as a freshman, the defender was sidelined for the entire 2014-15 season due to injury. He made a return to the BSU line up in 2016-17 to play in a career-high 29 games and ranked sixth on the team with 38 blocked shots and was part of a BSU defense that ranked second in the nation in goals allowed (1.93 G/GM).

He was a four-time WCHA All-Academic Team member.

The Beavers finished the 2017-18 campaign with an overall record of 16-14-8 overall and recorded a 13-9-6-4 record in WCHA play, to earn fourth place in the WCHA standings and the right to host the first round of the WCHA Playoffs for the third time in four years.

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).