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Boston Bruins Sign Regan and Nelson

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manger Peter Chiarelli announced Wednesday that the club has signed goaltender Kevin Regan and center Levi Nelson to entry-level contracts. Per team policy, terms of the deals will not be disclosed.

Regan, a 6'2", 190-pound goaltender has played his last four seasons at the University of New Hampshire. The Boston Bruins drafted him with the 277th pick in the ninth round of the 2003 NHL Draft.

The 23-year old assistant captain and South Boston native finished the 2007-08 season as UNH's career leader with 70 wins, 3,235 saves and a .928 save percentage in 112 collegiate games. He is the only goaltender in UNH history to capture back-to-back 20-win campaigns.

Regan enjoyed one of the most decorated campaigns in UNH history this past season, as he was named a Hobey Baker finalist, first team All-American, Hockey East Player of the Year (a unanimous selection), New England's Most Valuable Player, Walter Brown Award Winner (given annually to the top American born college hockey player in New England) and selected to the All-Hockey East First Team. In 32 starts, he posted a 23-8-1 record, registered a 2.21 goals against average and earned a .930 save percentage (which ranked 6th nationally).

During his 2006-07 season as a junior, Regan started 35 games. He finished third in the conference with a 2.06 GAA, and led all Hockey East goalies with a .935 save percentage. Regan ranked first in the league in save percentage and his GAA was third best among conference goalies. He also earned himself a sport on the Hockey East's All-Academic Team for the third consecutive season and took home team MVP honors.

Prior to playing for the Wildcats, Regan played his 2003-04 hockey season with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League (USHL). He completed the season with a 2.37 GAA, 1191 saves, and a .915 save percentage in 50 games played.

The Bruins drafted Nelson with their sixth round pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft (158th overall). He has played the last four seasons with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League, appearing in 198 games with 65 goals, 87 assists and 340 penalty minutes. During the 2007-08 regular season with Swift Current, Nelson notched 25 goals, 31 assists, a +23 plus/minus and 152 penalty minutes in 67 games. He has recently added seven goals and eight assists in 12 postseason games.

In 2006-07, Nelson appeared in one regular season game and four postseason games for the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League), tallying one playoff goal. He posted 18-34-52 totals in 2006-07 regular season action for Swift Current.

The 6'0" 19-year old center is from Calgary, Alberta.
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