Boston College men’s hockey lost another member of its standout sophomore core on Wednesday as goalie Spencer Knight signed a contract with the Florida Panthers. Knight joins Matt Boldy and Mike Hardman, who announced that they are heading to the professional ranks over the last couple days, as the Eagles’ most recent departures.
Knight was originally selected by the Panthers 13th overall in the 2019 NHL Draft. Like Boldy, Knight signed a three-year, entry-level contract, as is mandated for all players who sign their first contract between the ages of 18 and 21.
A native of Darien, Conn., Knight was a wall in net for the Eagles over the last two seasons, compiling a .931 save percentage and a 39-12-3 record in goal across his BC career.
Knight’s stellar play earned him a number of national plaudits this season. He was named both the Hockey East Goalie of the Year and Player of the Year this season, he is currently one of the top-10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, and he is one of the three finalists for the Mike Richter Award, which goes to college hockey’s top goaltender.
He has also had tremendous success on the international stage, as he cemented Team USA’s back line on its way to a gold medal at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He was named the team’s Player of the Game for the gold medal game against Canada.
With Knight gone, the Eagles will turn to either sophomore Jack Moffatt or freshman Henry Wilder in net. Wilder started three games this season when Knight was at World Juniors and performed admirably, notching a .909 save percentage across the contests.
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