EDMONTON - Following in the footsteps of three of his Bears Hockey teammates, fourth-year Golden Bears defenceman Graeme Craig has signed a pro contract for the 2019/20 season.
Craig signed a one-year deal with the Manitoba Moose, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets.
In three seasons with the Golden Bears, the former Swift Current Bronco and Saskatoon Blade won three Canada West Championships and the 2018 University Cup. His best season came in 2018/19, when he finished with a career-high 16 points and a +22 rating in 28 Canada West regular season games. In 83 career conference games, Craig tallied 18 goals and 41 points.
"It is nice to see him get rewarded with an AHL contract for all his hard work. He has been a leader for our program both on and off the ice, as well as in the classroom," said Golden Bears head coach Ian Herbers. "It was a pleasure coaching him for the past season, and am sure he will do well in the newest chapter of his career."
This will be Craig's second professional stint, after he spent the entire 2014/15 season in the ECHL and AHL. Craig suited up in 60 games with the Bakersfield Condors in the ECHL, putting up 10 points in 60 games. He also dressed in 6 career AHL games with the Oklahoma City Barons in 2013/14 and 2014/15.
The Red Deer, Alta. product joins Luke Philp (Calgary Flames), Stephane Legault (South Carolina Stingrays) and Zach Sawchenko (San Jose Barracuda) as Bears who have signed proffesional contracts since the end of the 2019 varsity season.