April 24, 2008
Notre Dame, Ind. – Notre Dame senior defenseman Brock Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alb.) has signed an Amateur Tryout Contract with the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Albany River Rats.
Sheahan joined the River Rats on Tuesday, April 22 for their playoff series with the Philadelphia Phantoms but did not play in game four of the series that is tied at 2-2. Game five is set for tonight (Thursday, April 24) in Albany, N.Y. With Albany, Sheahan is reunited with his former defensive partner, Noah Babin `07, who has spent the entire season with Albany, the top farm club of the Carolina Hurricanes. Babin has been sidelined since late February with a concussion.
The 6-0, 190-pound defenseman finished his Notre Dame career on April 12 as the Irish advanced to the national championship game against Boston College. A tough, stay-at-home defenseman, Sheahan played in all 47 games this season, scoring one goal with career highs in assists (12) and points (13). He led Notre Dame with a +21 plus-minus and was tops in penalties with 67 minutes on the year.
Sheahan was selected to the NCAA West Regional all-tournament team as the Irish defeated New Hampshire (7-3) and Michigan State (3-1) to advance to the first Frozen Four in the program’s 40-year history. At the Frozen Four, the Irish (27-16-4) knocked off top-seed Michigan, 5-4 in overtime, before falling to Boston College, 4-1, in the championship game.
Selected as the 2008 William Donald Nyrop Defensive Player of the Year as a seniorat Notre Dame, Sheahan finished second on the school’s all-time games played list with 161 career games. In four seasons at Notre Dame, he had four goals and 29 assists for 33 career points and picked up 101 penalties for 219 minutes.
An alternate captain for the Irish in 2007-08, Sheahan will graduate from Notre Dame with a degree in Finance from the Mendoza College of Business on May 18.