New Panthers prospect Adam Sweetland (Photo Credit: Michael York)
SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers General Manager and Head Coach Jacques Martin announced today that the club has agreed to terms with free agent college prospect F Andrew Sweetland on an entry level contract.
“Andrew is a player that we identified a few years ago and have followed his progress closely, and he participated in our development camp last year,” said Martin. “He is a player that posses good size, speed, skill and hockey sense. He will have an opportunity to make our team during training camp and we look forward to his long-term contributions to our team.”
Sweetland, 21, played in 28 games for the University of Maine Black Bears this year scoring eight goals with nine assists. Prior to playing for Maine, he spent the 2006-07 season with the Amherst Ramblers (Junior A) where he set a club record with 56 goals and 61 assists in 54 games played. The Bonavista, Newfoundland native also played for the Couchiching Terriers (OPJHL) for two seasons (2004-06).
"I am very excited about the opportunity presented with the Panthers organization,” said Sweetland. “It will be a challenge to make a successful step to the next level of play, but I intend to work hard this off-season to prepare myself for training camp in September.”
The Florida Panthers 2007-08 season is presented by the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. Sunrise Sports & Entertainment is the premier company of its kind in South Florida. Home to more than 185 events annually and the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, the BankAtlantic Center is consistently a top 20 United States venue according to Pollstar. The BankAtlantic Center welcomes more than two million guests each year and is also the home of the Sinatra Theatre presented by BankAtlantic and two monthly South Florida publications: Unrestricted and Panthers Insider.
ANDREW SWEETLAND'S BIO (COURTESY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MAINE) 2007–08: Saw action in 28 games for the Black Bears... Scored eight goals and added nine assists for 17 points... Finished fourth on the team in scoring... led Maine with four power play goals.... Scored a pair of goals in Maine's game against Providence College on Nov. 9... Scored two goals and added an assists for a career-high three points in Maine's 5-4 win over UMass on Feb. 24... Named the Hockey East Rookie of the Week on March 25... earned the UMaine Howard Neville Rookie of the Year Award in 2008.
BEFORE MAINE: Played last season for the Amherst Ramblers, where he set a club record with 56 goals ...Totalled 56 goals and 61 assists for 117 points in 54 games ... Named the team’s Most Valuable Player and recipient of the Vern Hurley Memorial Award ... Top scorer in the MJAHL, earning first-team All-Star honors ... Played the previous two seasons for the Couchiching Terriers ... He earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2004-05 as he had 58 points to lead the team ... Attended Discovery Collegiate High School, where he won the provincial championship.
PERSONAL: Born October 21, 1986 ... Son of Peggy and Dave Sweetland ... Major is undecided ... Relatives - Michael Ryder played for the Montreal Canadians, Daniel Ryder drafted by Calgary Flames and Adam Pardy drafted by the Calgary Flames.