Former University of Maine recruit Tyler Gjurich will try his hand at professional hockey. The Hatfield, Pa. native will attend the Hartford Wolfpack training camp. Hartford is the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the New York Rangers.
Gjurich was a non-roster invitee at last month's Buffalo Sabres Development Camp. The five-foot-ten inch forward showed his scoring prowess with the Buffalo Jr. Sabres and the Springfield Pics at the junior level.
Gjurich tallied 62 goals and 53 assists for 115 points in 63 games, including the playoffs this season in the Ontario Junior Hockey League for the Buffalo Jr. Sabres. He played the two previous seasons for the Springfield Pics in the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) after playing his first season of junior hockey with the Sabres.
It is expected that Gjurich will either sign an AHL contract with Hartford if he performs well in camp or play for the Greenville Road Warriors in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).
Gjurich was still intent on attending Maine until at least June. He had committed to the Black Bears this past winter. Even with the coaching change for Maine, the Black Bears recently welcomed eight new freshmen to campus for a three-week summer session. Red Gendron took over for Tim Whitehead who was fired after 12 seasons in Orono.
Jeff Cox is a hockey reporter for SBNation. Follow Jeff on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.