Carolina Hurricanes Sign Defenseman Brian Dumoulin

Apr 7, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Boston College Eagles defenseman Brian Dumoulin (2) passes the puck during the second period of the finals of the 2012 Frozen Four at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

As expected, Boston College junior defenseman Brian Dumoulin will forgo his final year of eligibility, signing with the Carolina Hurricanes. Dumoulin will be sent to Carolina's AHL affiliate the Charlotte Checkers on an amateur tryout basis.

The News & Observer has details on Dumo's contract:

If he's in the NHL, Dumoulin will receive $700,000 in 2012-13, $725,000 in 2013-14 and $800,000 in 2014-15. At the AHL level, he would be paid $67,500 in all three years.

Dumoulin, 20, received a signing bonus of $270,000.

Dumoulin leaves the Heights as one of the more decorated defensemen in recent memory. He anchored an Eagles defense that gave up two or fewer goals in each of the team's final 18 games of the year (18-0-0). Dumoulin finishes with a career postseason record of 20-1, including both a Beanpot Championship and a Hockey East Tournament Championship in each of his three seasons on the Heights. Oh yeah, and he won not one but two National Championships during his time at BC.

Ron Francis, the director of hockey operations for the Hurricanes, had nice things to say:

"Brian is a big, puck-moving defenseman who achieved at a high level throughout his time at Boston College. His success there speaks for itself, and it is important for his continued development that he now begins his professional career."

Over his career, Dumoulin registered 83 points - 11 goals and 72 assists - in 123 career games. He recorded 28 points - seven goals and 21 assists - in 44 games this past season en route to being named a Hobey Baker Award finalist and winning Hockey East Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year.

He was selected by the Hurricanes in the second round (51st overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

The Checkers have three more games this season, all on the road -- Friday at Peoria, Saturday at Rockford and Sunday in Milwaukee. Charlotte is currently in 11th place in the Western Conference standings, three points back of the eighth and final Calder Cup Playoffs sport.

Congratulations Dumoulin, and best of luck in Charlotte!

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