Flyers sign high-scoring Brink to entry-level contract

Flyers newly-signed prospect Bobby Brink (right) is shown with former coach Alain Vigneault at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft (Zack Hill photo).

Now that’s what you call a dream weekend.

One day after Flyers prospect Bobby Brink led the University of Denver to an NCAA Division I ice hockey championship on Saturday night, he signs a new three-year entry level contract with the NHL team on Sunday.

Brink, the club’s second-round pick (34th overall) of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, agreed to a three-year entry-level contract which will begin this season (2021-22), according to general manager Chuck Fletcher.

“We’re very excited to have Bobby under contract after an outstanding career in college hockey that concluded with a national championship,” said Fletcher. “Bobby possesses a high compete level combined with terrific hockey sense and offensive skill that has led him to succeed at every level he has played in his young career.”

Brink led all of American college scoring this past season with 14 goals/57 points. The 20-year-old native of Minnetonka, Minnesota turns professional after his third season at the University of Denver where he helped the Pioneers win the 2022 NCAA title with a 5-1 win over Minnesota State and its record-tying ninth NCAA championship.

Denver finished with a 31-9-1 mark and much of the credit goes to Brink’s playmaking skills. His 43 assists were the most in the NCAA.

The 5-foot-9, 163-pound forward was named one of three finalists for the 2022 Hobey Baker Award and was named first team All-American (West), NCHC Player of the Year, NCHC Forward of the Year as well as All-NCHC First Team.

Over the course of his three years at Denver he has recorded 27 goals and 65 assists for 92 points in 84 games. In each of his first two years, Brink has been named to the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team and NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete (2019-20, 2020-21). He was unanimously named to the NCHC All-Rookie Team in 2019-20.

Brink has represented the United States on several occasions. He appeared in two World Junior Championships and helped Team USA win a gold medal in 2021 with six points in seven games. He was also a member of the bronze medal winning team in the Under-18 World Junior Championships in 2018-19.

Brink becomes the fourth member out of seven players in 2019 Flyers Draft Class, which includes the club’s first four selections, to sign a contract with the Flyers.

 

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