March 20, 2009
Fairfield, CT - Sacred Heart men's ice hockey captain Dave Grimson (Mozart, SK) has signed a professional contract with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL. Grimson just completed his Sacred Heart career, having served as a captain in his final two seasons.
Grimson led all defensemen in scoring for three straight years with the Pioneers. In 137 NCAA games, he procured 74 points on 16 goals and 58 assists. He also played two seasons with current Stingray forward Pierre-Luc O'Brien, Sacred Heart's all-time leading scorer.
"It feels great to sign a pro contract," Grimson said. "To come to a team like South Carolina, who is looking at a long playoff run, is exciting. I'm excited, because from what I've heard I think I'll fit in well here with the systems, and I've heard great things about (head coach and GM) Jared Bednar."
Prior to college, Grimson played two seasons in the MJHL for the Swan Valley Sampeders, leading all defensemen in scoring both seasons. In 96 games, he garnered 87 points on 33 goals and 54 assists. Grimson is the cousin of former NHL player Stu Grimson.
Grimson is expected to make his professional debut Friday night as the Stingrays face former Pioneer Alexandre Parent and the Mississippi Sea Wolves at 7pm.