Fresh off being named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2015 Frozen Four, Providence College junior goaltender Jon Gillies has signed a three-year entry level contract with the Calgary Flames.
A third round selection in the 2012 NHL Draft by the Flames, Gillies was named a second team East All-American this past season. The South Portland, Maine native compiled a 24-13-2 record with a 2.01 goals against average and a .930 save percentage.
However, Gillies turned it up a notch in the last three games of the season to help lead Providence to the school's first ever NCAA Championship in men's hockey. In the Frozen Four and the East Regional Final combined, Gillies had a 1.67 goals against average and a .951 save percentage.
Gillies was the starting goaltender for the U.S. team at the 2014 World Junior Championship. A product of the Indiana Ice in the USHL, Gillies could have left after his sophomore season, but came back for a third go around in Providence to complete unfinished business.
Gillies, who will finish his career in a Friar uniform with 13 shutouts in 108 games started, was a workhorse for Nate Leaman's team over the three seasons. He is expected to join the Calgary Flames for the organization's Stanley Cup Playoffs, but will be the third goaltender and not dress unless an emergency comes up.
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