The Boston Bruins announced this afternoon that they’ve signed 6’7”, 220 pound defenseman Wiley Sherman to a two-year, entry level contract that begins with the 2018-19 season. It’s expected that he’ll join the AHL’s Providence Bruins on an amateur tryout (ATO) contract for the remainder of this season.
The 22 year old blue liner just wrapped up his season at Harvard alongside Bruins teammate Ryan Donato, where he put up three goals and seven points in 33 games. The Greenwich, CT native was selected by the Bruins in the 5th round (150th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Here’s the full press release from the Bruins:
BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, March 21, that the team has signed Harvard defenseman Wiley Sherman to a two-year entry-level contract, beginning with the 2018-19 season. Sherman will join the Providence Bruins on an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO) for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.
Sherman, 22, appeared in 33 games as a senior for Harvard in 2017-18, tallying three goals and four assists for seven points. The 6-foot-7, 220-pound defenseman helped lead the Crimson to an ECAC title as a junior in 2016-17 after establishing a career high with 13 assists in 36 games. In his sophomore season, he set a career high with four goals to go along with six assists in 31 games. Sherman played in all 37 games as a true freshman in 2014-15, posting three assists to help lead Harvard to an ECAC title.
Prior to attending Harvard, Sherman played four years of high school hockey at Hotchkiss School in Salisbury, Connecticut, where he totaled 11 goals and 27 assists for 38 points in 99 career games.
The Greenwich, Connecticut native was originally selected by the Bruins in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Must See: Donato fires home a blast for his first NHL goal
In case you missed it earlier this week, NCAA superstar Ryan Donato made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. And boy oh boy did he ever make an impression.
Donato, son of Bruins legendary Bruins defenseman Ted Donato, was ALL OVER the ice last night and put up a remarkable three points (one goal, two assists) at TD Garden. In case you missed it, here’s the kid’s first National Hockey League goal… and it’s a beauty:
What a blast! Donato gives, takes and then blasts a picture perfect one timer past Blue Jackets netminder Jonas Korpisalo.
Unfortunately for the Bruins, they couldn’t pull out the victory in Donato’s historic debut, but that didn’t hamper the kid’s enthusiasm too much.
He admitted that he’s still a little bitter because of the loss, but that he was extremely excited to make his debut as a Bruin.
The Boston native signed with the Bruins on Sunday evening once his NCAA season with Harvard ended, but the remarkable thing is that he’ll remain a student and continue his studies on the road.
Man… one thing’s for sure: this kid is a legit STUD. As if being a professional hockey player wasn’t enough, he decides he’s going to finish his Harvard degree at the same time. STUD.