Thursday, March 29, 2012

Harty Signs With K-Wings

University of New Brunswick defenceman Jonathan Harty has signed with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL, according to the team's official website. He seen action in the Wings 6-1 victory last night, picking up a fighting major in the game. Kalamazoo is an affiliate of Vancouver and New Jersey of the NHL and Albany of the AHL.

Harty, a native of Oromocto, joined the Varsity Reds prior to the 2008-09 season after spending his entire four year junior career playing for the WHL's Everett Silvertips. He quickly became a fan favourite for both his physical play as well as his penchant for joining the rush. This past season was Harty's best in his four years at UNB as he registered a career-high 7 goals and 20 assists. His 27 points placed him 2nd among all AUS defenceman and his +23 rating was second overall in the league. For his efforts Harty was named an AUS first team all-star and a CIS second team all-star. He was also the only UNB player named to the all-tournament team at last week's University Cup. During his time at UNB the Varsity Reds captured CIS Gold in 2009 and 2011.

While this is not surprising news, given Harty finished his MBA this past year and was only ever expected to stay at UNB for four years, it does mean that the Varsity Reds will be looking to replace 2 of the top 3 scoring defencemen in the conference this summer (Luke Gallant being the other).