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Bucs Alum Signs NHL Deal with Florida Panthers

04/21/2014, 12:00pm CDT
By bwerger

The Florida Panthers have signed forward Connor Brickley to a NHL entry-level contract.  He was a 2010 NHL Draft pick of the club.

Brickley spent the 2009-10 season in the USHL with the Des Moines Buccaneers and recorded 43 points (22g, 21a) over 52 regular season games.  His 22 goals led the team, four of which were game-winners.  The Everett, Massachusetts native scored a goal in his USHL debut, a 4-3 victory for the Buccaneers on October 2nd, 2009 against the Sioux Falls Stampede.  He followed with a goal in his second USHL contest a night later during a 7-4 loss to Cedar Rapids.

Over the season, Brickley recorded five multi-goal efforts, including a hat trick on November 19th, 2009.  His last two goals were scored just four seconds apart, setting a USHL record for the fastest two goals in League history.

Brickley also earned a spot to compete in the 2010 USHL All-Star Game.  Following that season, he was selected by the Florida Panthers in the second round (50th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft, one of 10 USHL players selected over the first two rounds that year.

The 22-year-old recently completed a four-year collegiate career at the University of Vermont where he put up 48 points (21g, 27a) over 117 games at the school.  He recently began his professional hockey career, recording two points (1g, 1a) in eight games for the San Antonio Rampage, AHL affiliate of the Florida Panthers.

USHL stats – Connor Brickley


 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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