Seniors skate forward

When the men’s hockey season came to an end after the Hockey East quarterfinals, the team bid farewell to five seniors. Two of those seniors, Josh Burrows and captain Kevan Miller, will be continuing their careers with other teams.

“We are very proud to have had Kevan Miller and Josh Burrows commence their professional hockey careers,” head coach Kevin Sneddon said. “We are even more proud of the fact that they will graduate this Spring with their fellow senior teammates and classmates at UVM. All of our seniors appear to have opportunities to continue their hockey careers next season. They made significant contributions to our program, the Athletic Department and our community.”

Sneddon has also expressed happiness with the entire group of seniors who have finished their time with UVM hockey. This group includes Dan Lawson, Jack Downing and Kyle Medvec.

“They’re a great group and I always get emotional,” Sneddon said. “Their resumes are very impressive and I think they were a big part of the opportunity to go to the Frozen Four, they were a big part of the run to get into the tournament last year … They are great guys and they’re going to be successful in hockey, they’re going to be successful in business; whatever they put their minds to and do beyond Vermont, no question that we’re going to see some great things from them.”

Burrows signed a contract with the Bakersfield Condors in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), the ECHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild of the NHL.

Burrows played 144 games in a Catamount uniform and recorded 44 points in his career. He began as a defenseman before the decision was made to switch him to forward at the end of the 2009-2010 season.

As a member of the Condors, Burrows will be returning to the defensive side of the game.

Miller signed an amateur tryout agreement with the Providence Bruins in the American Hockey League (AHL). The Providence Bruins are the AHL affiliate of the NHL‘s Boston Bruins.

Miller was Vermont’s sole captain last season after splitting duties with Brian Roloff in his junior year.

Like Burrows, Miller played in 144 career games for Vermont, including 140 consecutive games. He collected 30 points as a defenseman in his time at Vermont.

Burrows and Miller have already reported to their new teams but both will return in May to finish their respective degrees and graduate on time.