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Quinnipiac recruit Chase Harwell signs with QMJHL's Sherbrooke Phoenix

The Sherbrooke Phoenix picked up a talented rightwing from Connecticut.

Justin K. Aller

Quinnipiac Chase Harwell has spurned the college hockey route for a chance to play major junior hockey. Harwell signed with the Sherbooke Phoenix in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) today. The Soutbury, Conn. native played for the Selects Academy U16 team at the South Kent School in his home state this past season.

The five-foot-ten Harwell is a rightwing that could have had a significant impact for the Quinnipiac hockey program. The loss might be a tough pill to swallow for the QU coaching staff at the moment, but the bigger picture is significant. Harwell represents the type of talent that coach Rand Pecknold and his staff have been able to attract the past few seasons.

The Quinnipiac hockey program is currently traveling in Europe, playing games in Switzerland and Italy.

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Jeff Cox is a hockey reporter for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.