March 19, 2012

Flanigan, Todd Sign with Hamilton of American Hockey League

NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Merrimack forwards Ryan Flanigan (Rochester, NY) and Jesse Todd (Calgary, AB) have signed amateur tryout contracts with Hamilton of the American Hockey League.

The AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadians, both could be in the lineup as early as Tuesday when the Bulldogs visit Rockford or Thursday at Milwaukee.

"Obviously, I wish I was still coaching both Ryan and Jesse," said head coach Mark Dennehy. "That would mean we were in the NCAAs. With that said, I am happy and proud of them both. They have given a lot to Merrimack hockey, and I'm glad they are getting the opportunity to pursue hockey as a profession."

Flanigan led Merrimack in scoring this season with 29 points and was a team-best +21, firing a team-high 108 shots. After tallying 16 points in his first two seasons, Flanigan registered 28 points in his final 19 games as a junior, leading all Hockey East players in postseason scoring while earning Hockey East All-Tournament honors. He finished with 34 points in 2010-11, as Merrimack went 16-4 when he recorded a point. As a senior, he had points in eight straight to open the season and added a career-high four assists in a 6-2 win over Maine. The only Hockey East Lowe's Senior Class finalist and a two-time HEA All-Academic honoree, Flanigan played most of his career along classmates Carter Madsen (Calgary, AB) and Elliott Sheen (Lethbridge, AB) before spending much of the second half of this season with Todd.

Playing in 138 career games at Merrimack, Todd totaled 39 goals and 98 points, finishing just two points shy of becoming the second Warrior in 11 years to reach the 100-point milestone. He led Merrimack this season with 12 goals, after ranking second in Hockey East last season in game-winning goals.  Todd had two multi-goal games this season, including scoring a pair of power play tallies in a 6-2 win over Maine in January. A member of the winningest class in Merrimack's Division I history, Todd was named the Hockey East Player of the Week in November as a junior after tying and winning a game at Lowell with his second and third goals of the game, both in the final minutes. As a freshman, he led Merrimack with 23 points and tied for second among Hockey East freshmen with 21 points in league games.