Brett Pesce got the call.
The former standout from Sleepy Hollow/Irvington signed a three-year entry deal with the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday after three seasons at the University of New Hampshire. He is heading for Charlotte next week to play for the Checkers in the AHL.
“Brett is a big, puck-moving defenseman, and we felt it was time for him to begin his professional career,” Hurricanes executive vice president and general manager Ron Francis said in a statement. “He will report to Charlotte next week so that he can play some AHL games this season.”
Pesce, 20, appeared in 31 games for UNH this season, finishing with three goals and 13 assists. He missed nine games with a knee injury. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder finished with a plus-minus rating of +10. In 110 college games, Pesce had 11 goals and 32 assists. He was selected by Carolina in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft with the 66th overall pick.