March 26, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Two University of Michigan ice hockey players signed contacts with National Hockey League teams on Wednesday (March 26), as senior defenseman Mac Bennett (Narragansett, R.I.) has signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens, and junior forward Phil Di Giuseppe (Maple, Ontario) signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes. Di Giuseppe will forgo his senior season at Michigan.
Bennett, an All-Big Ten second team selection, finished tied for sixth with 12 assists and seventh with 14 points (2G, 12A) in the Big Ten this season. Selected by the Canadiens in the third round, 79th overall, in the 2009 NHL Draft, Bennett was tied for fifth among league defensemen this season with a plus-12 rating. Despite missing four league games, he finished tied for third among Big Ten defensemen with 11 points (2G, 9A) in conference play. A two-year captain, Bennett finished his Michigan career with 65 points (14G, 51A) in 136 career games.
Di Giuseppe finished the 2013-14 season fifth on the team in scoring with 24 points (13G, 11A) in 35 games, including a stretch of 10 points (8G, 2A) in his last nine games. Selected by the Hurricanes in the second round, 38th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft, Di Giuseppe completed his college career with 33 goals, 45 assists (78 points) and 79 penalty minutes in 115 career games for Michigan.
Bennett and Di Giuseppe are the second and third Wolverines from the 2013-14 team to sign professional contracts this week. Earlier in the week, senior forward Luke Moffatt (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) signed an amateur try out agreement with the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL). Moffatt was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the seventh round (197th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.