He’s a Pro
by Seth Rothman
March 21, 2007
HAMDEN — Reid Cashman is a professional hockey player.
The former Bobcats Ice Hockey captain has signed a contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and will suit up for the Toronto Marlies — the Leafs’ AHL team — on Friday against Syracuse.
Cashman, likely the program’s most decorated player ever, has long said he was going to honor his commitment to Quinnipiac for all four years. He did that, and after his collegiate career ended on Saturday evening, he quickly signed the deal on Monday. It was announced on Tuesday afternoon.
“I’ve been through the gamut of emotions,” Cashman said. “Making those first calls to say I’m getting an NHL contract, I got chills and was shaking a bit. It’s a dream come true and I’m on cloud nine right now.”
“I’m extremely excited for Reid as he embarks on the start of his professional career,” Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold said. “Reid has made a tremendous commitment to evolve as a player over the course of the past four years. He has left an indelible mark on our program at Quinnipiac, and I wish him all the best as he moves forward.”
The contract is a 2-way contract, meaning Cashman has a chance to make the jump to the NHL’s Leafs before the season is out. That seems unlikely, though, because the Marlies only have 14 games left in their season and the Maple Leafs are competing for the last spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
“We’ll see how it goes,” Cashman said. “In the AHL, you’re only a step away from the NHL and you never know what could happen.”
Cashman currently leads the ECACHL with 38 assists on the year, a total that puts him 3rd nationally.
The Red Wing, Minnesota native becomes only the third player in Quinnipiac history to sign a professional contract, joining goaltenders Justin Eddy (Washington after the 2003-2004 season) and Jamie Holden (San Jose after 2004-2005).
Cashman’s distinguished career at Quinnipiac started when the Bobcats were in the Atlantic Hockey League, playing home games at the Northford Ice Pavilion. It ends with Quinnipiac near the top of the ECAC Hockey League playing home games in the TD Banknorth Sports Center.
Cashman finished his Quinnipiac career on Saturday as the program’s all-time assists leader, in part thanks to his 38 assists this season. He had 125 assists in his Quinnipiac career, and is atop the list of games played as a Bobcat, totalling 151 games played.
Information from quinnipiacbobcats.com and the New Haven Register were used in this report.