Rangers Agree to Terms with Brandon Dietrich on a Professional Contract
/ New York Rangers
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a professional contract with St. Lawrence University center Brandon Dietrich. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Brandon was one of top offensive forwards in college hockey, averaging over a point a game while at St. Lawrence University,” stated Rangers Assistant General Manager Don Maloney. “He is an impressive skater with strong offensive instincts and hockey sense. We are excited about him as a prospect for our hockey club.”
Dietrich, 22, collected 15 goals and 26 assists for 41 points while skating in 36 contests for the Skating Saints (ECAC). He led the team in assists (26), points (41), power play points (16), game-winning goals (4) and placed tied for fifth in the conference with 25 points (eight goals and 17 assists) in 20 games. In the post-season, he ranked second on the club with eight points. This season, his performance earned him Second Team All-American and First Team All-ECAC honors. He posted ten multiple-point games for the season, including a season-high five point effort (1 goal/4 assists) against Clarkson. The Saints were 20-2-2 when Dietrich contributed at least one point to the offense.
The 6-0, 190-pound forward notched 35 goals and 45 assists for 80 points while skating in 75 career contests for St. Lawrence University. As a freshman, Dietrich registered 20 goals and 19 assists for 39 points in 39 games, capturing the 1999 ECAC Rookie of the Year award. He led the nation with seven game-winning tallies during the 1998-99 season. He posted two goals and seven assists for nine points in four post-season games last season.
Prior to attending St. Lawrence University, the Waterloo, Ontario native played his junior hockey for the Elmira Sugar Kings of the Ontario Hockey Association.