Pretty much anyone who knew Brian Dumoulin believed this day would come as his hard work over the last several years has finally paid off.
Dumoulin made it official as he signed with the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, signing a three-year, entry-level deal.
It wasn’t very much of a surprise as Dumoulin’s agent Gray Prolman announced last week his client would be leaving early to sign with the Hurricanes.
It was a case of putting ink to paper and now the Biddeford native is excited to move on with the next stop in what promises to be a long and prosperous career.
“I’m looking forward to it,” said Dumoulin, who was drafted by the Hurricanes in the second round (51st overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. “I want to see what it’s like. To be able to play professionally. Everyone felt it was important for me to go and get a couple games in. Get that experience.”
Dumoulin will leave on Wednesday to meet up with his new teammates in Peoria, Illinois where the Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers is playing the Peoria Rivermen in a game with playoff implications. He’s expected to be in the lineup.
Dumoulin’s contract, which will take effect next season, will carry a $742,000 cap hit for the Hurricanes over the next three years. He’ll receive a signing bonus of $270,000.
Dumoulin’s March to the Pros:
Back-to-back Class A State titles with Biddeford in 2007-2008.
EJHL Champions with the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs in 2009
Three consecutive Hockey East Championships in 2010, 2011 and 2012
Bronze medal for the US in the 2011 World Jr. Championship in Buffalo
Two-time NCAA national champion (2010, 2012) in a three year span
The 20-year-old didn’t have much left to accomplish at Boston College.He help guide Boston College to three consecutive Hockey East Championships, and recently wrapped up his second national title in three years with a 4-1 win over Ferris State.
The 6-4, 210-pound defenseman led Boston College defensemen in scoring in last season with seven goals, 21 assists for 28 points with a plus-27 rating in 44 games as well as leading all Hockey East defensemen in league scoring by recording 21 points (4g, 17a) in 27 conference games. He was named as the Hockey East Best Defensive Defenseman for the second consecutive season.
“Brian is a big, puck-moving defenseman who achieved at a high level throughout his time at Boston College,” said Director of Player Development Ron Francis in the team’s press release. “His success (at Boston College) speaks for itself, and it is important for his continued development that he now begins his professional career.”
The accolades didn’t just stop there for the Boston College defenseman as he was named as an All-Hockey East First Team selection, a Hobey Baker Award Top-10 finalist, All-College HockeyNews.com First Team selection and he was also the winner of the Bob Monahan Award as the Best Defenseman in New England, which is presented annually by the New England Hockey Writers Association.
Despite all of those accomplishments for Dumoulin, and despite the fact that he’s about to embark on a professional career. He still had his education on his mind as he signed his contract, something that’s a staple of Dumoulin family.
It was one of the prime reasons why Dumoulin stayed in school for one more year instead of turning pro after last season according to Prolman.
“His future was charted out last year when he turned down to opportunity to play for Carolina to go back and pursue his education,” said Prolman last week at the Frozen Four. “At that point, all the coaches sat down and we came to a consensus that at the end of this season he would turn professional.”
Dumoulin feels that extra year left him better prepared to achieve his academic goals.
“I’m close to getting my degree so I feel like it’s a little bit easier there,” he said. “If I had left after last year, I wouldn’t have been close to getting it at all. I worked hard (those) two years at Boston College, and for me not to get my degree would have been tough. But I feel ready.”
Dumoulin finishes his collegiate career at Boston College with 11 goals, 72 assists for 83 points in 123 games.