Robertson ’14 inks contract with Hurricanes

Deal with Carolina Hurricanes will send men’s hockey co-captain to minor league affiliate

Senior Staff Writer
Friday, March 21, 2014

After four years playing hockey for Brown, captain Dennis Robertson ’14 has signed an entry-level professional contract with the Carolina Hurricanes. Once his deal is official, Robertson will become a member of the American Hockey League’s Charlotte Checkers, a minor league affiliate of the Hurricanes.

Robertson was drafted 176th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, shortly after completing his first year at Brown. Ever since, he has racked up accolades, being named a Bears captain twice and recently earning First Team All-Ivy honors.

Robertson will join Garnet Hathaway ’14, the first player from this year’s Bears squad to go pro. Hathaway recently signed a deal with the Abbotsford Heat, the AHL team for the Calgary Flames. Other alums are established pros, like the Dallas Stars’ Ryan Garbutt ’09, the Washington Capitals’ Aaron Volpatti ’10 and the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Harry Zolnierczyk ’11.

Before making his professional debut, Robertson said he was unsure what playing on this larger stage would entail. “I’m just going to have to go out there and see what it’s like,” he said.

He acknowledged that the competition will likely be stronger but seemed unfazed at the prospect of having to jump up a level of play.

“It’s going to be a challenge, but I have to rise to that challenge,” he said.

Like many seniors, Robertson was nostalgic about his time at Brown but also expressed enthusiasm for his future outside the Van Wickle Gates.

“I’m excited about it,” he said, “and as much as I hate to leave Brown, … it’s going to be exciting, and I can’t wait to get up there.”

Overall, Robertson said he was satisfied with his preparation for professional hockey.

“I feel ready,” he said.