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Boston College’s Thatcher Demko led the country with 10 shutouts (photo: Melissa Wade).

Mike Richter Award winner and Hobey Baker Award finalist Thatcher Demko has signed with the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks after his junior season.

He’s the fifth Boston College player this offseason to sign a pro deal with college eligibility remaining.

Demko, who led the country with 10 shutouts in his third season at BC, was fifth nationally with a .935 save percentage and seventh with a 1.88 GAA.

He helped the Eagles to the Frozen Four this season, when he was the Hockey East co-player of the year and the winner of the Richter Award as the top goaltender in Division I men’s hockey.

Demko was a second-round pick by the Canucks in the 2014 NHL Draft.

  • Shanahan

    Kind of figured he’d be the first to sign from BC after the season ended, and he’s the fifth .. Wonder if Birdsall will be back in BC’s net next season

    • Robert Davis

      It is enuf to drop sports for serious colleges. Univ of Chicago did it. It is quite repelling that athletes who benefit so much from the school then repudiate that school, not to mention the students who back them.
      The hockey associations should ban student-players the number of years left from professional play. All the players have done is use a school and learned no more from the school the value of their athleticism than the value of knowledge in terms of the wisdom of the common good. Let the Hockey Assoc form a minor league like baseball than exploit learning. I dont believe the athletes know the rascalls they are and the last thing they can speak of is their alma-mater.
      Robert Davis Boston College 62..

      • Shanahan

        That’s the way it is, and probably always will be–players stop over in school, play a few years (if that) before going pro, and maybe finish their degrees one day. Maybe.

      • Vinnie Vega

        Why would professional leagues want to do that? To help the BC’s and BU’s of this world? Simple answer is, if you don’t want your talent to leave school early, recruit a different kind of kid. BC has a what I call an ‘Open door’ recruiting scheme. Which is, they open their doors and blue chip recruits show up on their doorstep. I say boo-friggin-hoo. It’s the price you pay for signing blue chip kids. The same kids that will make professional teams better/deeper.

        UML Season Ticket Holder…

  • Friarsgirl

    As a non BC fan I say hooray! He’s a great goalie and should do well in Vancouver.

  • Vinnie Vega

    Gonna be a tough year for BC. They’ve lost half their team.