The Boston Bruins have made their first transaction since the NHL put the season on pause last Thursday due to COVID-19. The club signed University of Maine goaltender Jeremy Swayman to an entry-level contract. Swayman signed on Tuesday on Maine’s campus. There are no details at this time.
Today, @JeremySwayman inked a deal with the Boston Bruins!
— Black Bear Hockey (@MaineIceHockey) March 17, 2020
The Bruins selected Swayman in the 4th round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, going 111th overall. He had a sensational junior season in 2019-20, playing in 34 games for the Black Bears. He finished the campaign with a .939 save percentage to go along with a record of 18-11-5 and a 2.07 goals against average.
At age 21, Swayman is eligible to sign a three-year entry-level contract. The contract amount is capped at $925,000 per season.
Swayman led the nation with 1,099 saves this past season. Swayman became the 68th Walter Brown Award winner by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. On Wednesday, Swayman earned the ‘Stop It Goaltending Goaltender of the Year’ award by the Hockey East Conference. In addition, Swayman was named a unanimous first team All-Hockey East selection. He was the lone unanimous selection to the first team.
Swayman helped clinch home ice in the opening round of the Hockey East playoffs for Maine with a 48 save shutout against Providence on March 6th. That ended up being his final NCAA game.
“It was great,” said Jeremy Swayman, per the club. “It was probably one of the more fun games I’ve had at Alfond [Arena]. Most importantly, we got the 2 points that we really needed to clinch home ice for our team. It was a great effort and a great way to end the regular season.”
Swayman will turn pro with the Bruins next season.