March 26, 2009
Fairfield, CT - Three former members of the Sacred Heart ice hockey team have signed contracts with professional teams. Bear Trapp (Regina, SK) is playing for the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL, Eric Giosa (Northville, MI) is currently skating for the Reading Royals of the same league and goaltender Stefan Drew (Oakbank, MB) has signed on with the Texas Brahmas of the Central Hockey League.
Trapp and Giosa faced off against each other Wednesday night when Elmira travled to Reading. Both players had four shots on goal but neither recorded an assist. Trapp did tally a goal and an assist in his debut with the Jackals last weekend.
Drew becomes the third Pioneer to play for Texas. SHU alumni Lloyd Marks and Martin Paquet also skated for the club.
Trapp finished his Sacred Heart career with some of the best offensive numbers in school history. Trapp had 156 points, two shy of the school record. His 56 goals were good for fourth all-time while his 100 career assists are the most in SHU history. He was the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2006 and was a Second Team All-AHA selection as a junior in 2008 and was nominated for the Hobey Baker Award during his sophomore and junior seasons.
Giosa emerged as one of the top offensive players for the Pioneers during his senior season. He was second on the team in scoring with 29 points while scoring a team-leading 16 goals and adding 13 assists. He was a double digit goal scorer for the Pioneers in each of the last three seasons. In his four year career, Giosa totaled 84 points in 140 games, scoring 42 goals and tacking on 42 assists.
The Pioneers number one goaltender for the last two seasons, Drew played over eighty percent of the minutes for Sacred Heart in the cage. Over his four year career, he recorded 33 wins between the pipes while posting a 3.11 goals average, a .905 save percentage and five shutouts. Last season he played 1991 minutes in goal, a school single-season record. This year he made over 40 saves in four games, including a career high 47 saves against Niagara on January 2nd and 42 saves against Air Force on March 14th to help the Pioneers avoid elimination in the AHA playoffs.