NAHL, NAPHL grad Hutton signs NHL contract with Islanders
March 21, 2019
The NHL’s New York Islanders announced that former NAHL and NAPHL defenseman Grant Hutton has agreed to terms on a one-year, entry-level contract beginning in 2019-20.
Hutton, 23, played four years of college hockey at Miami University of Ohio. The 6'3, 209-pound defenseman served as team captain this past season, his senior year, and led all RedHawks defensemen with seven goals and 14 assists (21 points) in 37 games.
A native of Carmel, Indiana, Hutton finished his college career with 71 points (29 goals, 42 assists) in 144 games and wore a letter in three of his four seasons at Miami University of Ohio. He was an alternate captain from 2016-18 and set career highs in goals (13) and points (27) during his junior campaign.
Hutton is another great example of a Ladder of Development success story. His midget hockey was played in the NAPHL for the Indiana Jr. Ice during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. Hutton won a NAPHL Dixon Cup 16U Championship in 2012 playing for the Indiana Jr. Ice, a team that allowed just five goals in five games on their title run. In 38 career NAPHL games, Hutton recorded 33 points.
He would then spend three seasons in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) with the Corpus Christi Ice Rays and Janesville Jets. He recorded 43 points (14 goals, 29 assists) in 117 career NAHL contests. Hutton played two seasons in Corpus Christi with the IceRays from 2012-14 and then spent the 2014-15 season with the Janesville Jets.
“Grant’s earned it,” said Janesville Jets president Bill McCoshen. “He was a key piece of our most successful team ever in 2014-15 and had a great career at Miami. Now he’s one step closer to his dream of playing in the NHL.”