Men’s hockey alum Brett Westgarth ’07 recently signed with the San Jose Sharks for the upcoming 2008-09 season. Westgarth will be one of several Tiger alums playing professional hockey when the season kicks off this fall.
Westgarth split the 2007-08 season between Iowa of the American Hockey League and Flint of the International Hockey League. In 37 games with Iowa, he posted five points on two goals and three assists with 89 penalty minutes. In 27 games with Flint, Westgarth posted 12 points with two goals and 10 assists for 12 points.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound native of Amherstburg, Ontario graduated from Princeton in 2007. In his four years on the Tiger blueline, he registered 24 points in 114 games. Undrafted, he signed as a free agent with Syracuse (AHL) following the conclusion of his senior season.
Westgarth will likely be assigned to the Sharks AHL affiliate in Worcester, Mass., where he will likely be a teammate to Mike Moore ’08, who recently graduated a signed with San Jose as well. Moore, also a blueliner, served as the team captain and was an All-America as Princeton won the Ivy League and ECAC Tournament Championships last season.
Two other Tigers are currently on two-way contracts with NHL teams and their AHL affiliates. Darroll Powe ’07 signed a new deal with the Philadelphia Flyers this Spring after a full season with the AHL team in Philadelphia, and Westgarth’s brother Kevin, also a 2007 graduate is entering the second year of his initial contract with the Los Angeles Kings. He played the whole 2007-08 season with the AHL affiliate in Manchester, N.H.
George Parros '03 and Jeff Jalpern '99 remain under NHL contracts for the upcoming season, Parros with Anaheim and Halpern with Tampa Bay.