Notre Dame Athletics | April 4, 2019
COLUMBUS, Ohio — University of Notre Dame captain Andrew Peeke has signed three-year, entry level contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets the NHL team announced on Monday morning (April 1).
Peeke, a junior defenseman, will forgo his senior season and join Columbus as the first year of his deal includes the 2018-19 season. He was originally a second round selection (34th overall) by the Blue Jackets in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
"Andrew has had a big impact on our program over the last three years both on and off the ice," Notre Dame head coach Jeff Jackson said. "We're proud of him and his growth as a player and as a person as he moves on to his professional career."
The Parkland, Florida native was part of three NCAA tournament teams that reached at least the NCAA Regional Finals over the past three seasons and also included Frozen Four semifinal (2017) and championship game (2018) appearances. He helped lead the Irish to a Big Ten Regular Season Championship in 2017-18 and Big Ten Tournament titles in 2018 and 2019.
"Notre Dame will forever be in my heart," Peeke stated. "I can't thank my teammates, coaches, staff and everyone else involved at the University enough for the person and player they've helped me become."
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