The Catamounts released today that UVM junior defender Jake Massie will be leaving the program to pursue professional hockey. Massie was the 2015 sixth round draft pick for the Carolina Hurricanes but the Chicago Blackhawks currently own his rights.
The Quebec native faced action in 30 games last season. Massie racked in nine points and blocked a UVM team high 41 shots.
Here is the statement from Massie:
“After speaking with my advisor and family, I felt it was best to begin my professional career at this time,” said Massie. “I am very close to attaining my degree and will finish this year. I met with Coach Sneddon last week so that he was the first to know. He has been supportive of my decision to chase my dream of playing in the NHL. We are currently figuring out the details and will disclose as soon as possible. I cannot thank UVM enough for the opportunities they have afforded me, the coaching staff helped develop me every day on and off the ice. They gave me a ton of responsibility and believed in me. My teammates are amazing and that is the hardest part of leaving UVM, they are brothers for life! To the amazing fans of UVM, thank you for allowing me to play in one of the best atmospheres out there. Rest assured, better days are ahead for the program. The coaching staff and players will make it happen!”