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Arlington Native Signs AHL Contract

Ryan Hegarty recently signed with the Syracuse Crunch, an affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks.

Ryan Hegarty, a 21-year-old Arlington native, recently signed a contract to play for the Syracuse (N.Y.) Crunch of the American Hockey League for the remainder of this season, according to the Bangor Daily News.

“It’s very exciting,” Hegarty, a senior defenseman on the University of Maine squad that went 23-14-3 and qualified for the NCAA Tournament this past winter, told the Maine newspaper. “It was bittersweet leaving the campus [Thursday]. Everybody has been so great to me at Maine.”

Hegarty was expected to join the Crunch, an affiliate of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, on Saturday for the team’s final six games. He signed an “amateur tryout contract” but is hoping to stay with the team next year, he told the Daily News.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Hegarty was the Ducks’ fourth-round draft pick (113th overall) in 2008.

This past season, he had two goals and 12 assists in 40 games in what was his best season with the Black Bears, according to the article. His coach, Tim Whitehead, called him a “shutdown defenseman” in the article.

Hegarty attended Pioneer High School in Michigan.

Read the Bangor Daily News article.

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John Waller April 03, 2012 at 05:24 PM
If you're wondering why Hegarty went to high school in Michigan, he was in the U.S. National Team Development Program, which is based in Ann Arbor ... wonder how good he could have been for AHS/AC
Stephen April 03, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Arlington produces quality players in many sports; it always has and hopefully it always will. Over the past few decades, many talented children leave Arlington to play for regional teams or private schools. It starts at the club level; many kids stop playing for the youth sports groups and pay more to play select hockey or AAU ball. Others attend a division 1 private school in the Catholic and Independent school conferences. We started the Arlington Athletics Foundation (ArlingtonAthletics.org) to remove the money barrier, over time, and nurture Arlington's youth sports from T-ball to high school athletics. You'll be seeing our sponsorship signs start to appear around Peirce field in the coming months and we plan to expand our website to provide a central, all encompassing view into youth sports in Arlington. Stephen Harrington

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