March 20, 2012

Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey's Dan Clarke Signs With AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Top Affiliate Of NHL's New York Islanders

Dan Clarke's Bio

Sound Tigers Announce Player Transactions

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Quinnipiac men's ice hockey goalie Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ontario) has signed with the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the top affiliate of the National Hockey League's (NHL) New York Islanders. Clarke will join the team for their game at Binghamton on Wednesday, March 21. Clarke played for the Cobourg Cougars and the Bowmanville (Ont.) Eagles of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) prior to coming to Quinnipiac.

"Dan Clarke had an excellent career at Quinnipiac University," Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold said. "We are proud to acknowledge him signing his first professional contract with the Bridgeport Soundtigers of the AHL and wish him all the best as he moves forward in life."

Clarke  completed a four-year career with the Bobcats in 2011-12, posting an 8-3-0 record this season with a 2.37 goals-against average (GAA) and a .895 save percentage. Clarke opened the season at 5-1-0 with a win against Holy Cross, a shutout against Canisius, as well as wins against Bentley, Robert Morris, Princeton and Dartmouth. Clarke also finished his year with wins in three of his last four starts, including ECAC Hockey victories against Dartmouth and Brown.

Clarke's best year came as a sophomore in 2009-10 when he was named Quinnipiac's Most Valuable player after compiling a 15-15-2 record with a .913 save percentage and a 2.52 GAA. Earlier that season, Clarke posted a 7-0-0 record in November, becoming the first ECAC Hockey goalie to earn Hockey Commissioner's Association (HCA) Player of the Month honors. He also broke the Quinnipiac single-game and ECAC Hockey single-game record with a 73-save performance in a 3-2, five-overtime victory against Union in the first game of the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals. That game proved to be the longest game in NCAA men's ice hockey history.

For his career, he compiled a 32-32-5 record with a 2.62 GAA and a .902 save percentage. His 32 wins and GAA both rank third in Quinnipiac's Division I history while his five career shutouts also rank third all-time.

Before coming to Quinnipiac, Clarke played for the Bowmanville (Ont.) Eagles of the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League after being traded by the Cobourg Cougars at midseason. Clarke played eight games for the Eagles, posting a 5–2–1 record with a 2.08 goals-against average and a .938 save percentage, earning Playoff Most Valuable Player honors for Bowmanville in 2007–08. Clarke started his career with Cobourg, where he was named the team's Most Valuable Player in 2006-07 following the 2005-06 season when he was named the team's Most Improved Player.

Clarke's signing comes a few days after senior captain Scott Zurevinski signed with the AHL's St. John's IceCaps. Clarke and Zurevinski give the Bobcats 10 alums who are currently playing professionally, in the AHL and the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) this season. Brandon Wong (Greenville (S.C.) Road Warriors, ECHL), David Marshall (San Antonio Rampage (AHL); Eric Lampe (Hamilton (Ontario) Bulldogs, AHL; Las Vegas (Nev.) Wranglers, ECHL), Dan Henningson (Binghamton Senators, AHL; Utah Grizzlies, ECHL),  Zach Hansen (Wheeling (W.V.) Nailers, ECHL)  and Matt Sorteberg (Utah Grizzlies, ECHL), have all represented Quinnipiac in the professional ranks in 2011-12.