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Buccaneers Alum Signs NHL Deal

04/02/2014, 10:00am CDT
By bwerger

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward T.J. Tynan to a two-year NHL entry-level contract, the same player they selected in the 2011 NHL Draft.

Tynan was one of the top scorers in the USHL during the 2009-10 season when he put up 72 points (17g, 55a) while playing all 60 regular season games for the Des Moines Buccaneers.  He played most of the season as a 17-year-old and tied for fifth in USHL scoring and led the League with 55 assists.  He began his USHL career by recording points in each of his first five games (4g, 4a), including a four-point outing (2g, 2a) in just his second League game, a 7-4 loss to Cedar Rapids.  The Orland Park, Illinois native also established a League season high with five assists in the 6-4 win against Fargo on November 19th, 2009.  It was one of 21 multi-point efforts for him that season.

Tynan would earn a spot on the USHL All-Rookie Team for 2009-10, a team that included four other future NHL players – Anders Lee, Erik Haula, Nate Schmidt, and Mac Bennett

Following his USHL career, Tynan went on to play college hockey at the University of Notre Dame.  During his freshman season, he tied for seventh in the nation with 54 points (23g, 31a) over 44 games and earned multiple rookie of the year honors in college hockey.  This season, he led Notre Dame in scoring for the third time in his college career with 38 points (8g, 30a) in 40 games.  Over 164 games at the school, he racked up 161 points (54g, 107a) to finish tied for 12th on the school’s all-time scoring list.

Tynan was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third round (66th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft after his freshman season.  He will now join the team’s AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, for the remainder of the season.

USHL stats – T.J. Tynan


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 12th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2013-14.  A record 32 players were chosen in the 2013 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season have committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.  For more information, visit us on the web at or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (, twitter (, and YouTube (  Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (

It’s not just hockey. It’s the USHL.

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