Harry Zolnierczyk '11, men's hockey captain and 2010-11 Ivy League Player of the Year, signed with the Philadelphia Flyers Monday, fulfilling what he said is a lifelong desire to play hockey at the professional level.
"It's something you dream about your entire life, and now that it's finally come true. It's almost surreal," Zolnierczyk said.
Zolnierczyk's agreement is a one-year deal for the 2011-12 season. He is set to report immediately to Glens Falls, N.Y., where he will join the Flyers' American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, on an amateur tryout agreement. At the end of last season, former teammate Aaron Volpatti '10 signed with the Vancouver Canucks and first reported to the Manitoba Moose, the Canucks' AHL affiliate. This season, Volpatti has appeared in 15 National Hockey League games for Vancouver and has recorded his first career goal and assist.
For Zolnierczyk, the thought of playing NHL hockey did not become a realistic goal until recently. After two quiet seasons, Zolnierczyk exploded onto the national scene in his junior year, putting up 33 points. He led the Bears in scoring with 16 goals and 31 points in 2010-11.