NAHL alum Rafferty signs NHL contract
April 3, 2019
Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced that the club has signed defenseman and NAHL alum Brogan Rafferty to a one-year entry-level contract.
"We're pleased to have Brogan join our organization after a solid career at Quinnipiac," said Benning. "We look forward to him taking the next step and continuing to evolve his game."
Rafferty, 23, appeared in 38 games for Quinnipiac University and collected 24 points (4-20-24). The 6'0", 195-pound defenceman ranked 7th on the Bobcats, and third among defencemen, in scoring in 2018.19. In three seasons with Quinnipiac, Rafferty accumulated 60 points (9-51-60) in 108 games.
In 2017-18, the Dundee, Illinois native scored 12 points (3-9-12) in 30 games. One year prior, as a freshman, Rafferty was named to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team after leading Quinnipiac with 22 assists. In 2016.17, he became the fifth freshman in Quinnipiac's NCAA Division 1 history to lead the team in assists.
Rafferty spent two full seasons playing in the NAHL, both with the Coulee Region Chill. Rafferty made his NAHL debut during the 2012-13 season with the Topeka RoadRunners, scoring a goal and adding an assist in his one game debut.
In 2013-14, he played in 53 games in his rookie campaign with the Chill and recorded 22 points. The next season in 2014-15, he had 32 points in 56 games played. Overall in his two-year NAHL career, he appeared in 110 career games and recorded 56 points.
He was also selected to and played in the 2015 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the Midwest Division team.