Niagara Gazette — Patrick Divjak is joining his fellow senior Niagara University hockey teammates in the minor leagues. The Central Hockey League’s Rapid City Rush announced they have signed the forward to a contract.
A native of Vienna, Austria, Divjak scored 21 goals and 56 assists in his four years with the Purple Eagles. He scored eight goals and 14 assists in his junior year, 2012-13, when the Purple Eagles advanced into the NCAA Tournament.
“Pat has earned this opportunity at the professional level,” Niagara head coach Dave Burkholder said in a prepared statement released by the school’s athletics department. “This is a fresh start for him and his talents should make this a seamless transition into the professional game.”
Divjak is the fourth and final senior from the 2013-14 roster to sign a pro deal since Niagara’s season ended last month. Forward Ryan Rashid signed with the Elmira Jackals of the East Coast Hockey League, while defensemen Kevin Ryan and Matt Williams have joined the South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL) and the Brampton Beast (CHL), respectively.
“I am very proud of the Class of 2013,” said Burkholder. “They excelled in the classroom as their GPAs will attest.”
They were a huge part of our successes the last four seasons. I am looking forward to watching the four individuals graduate during Commencement in May.”