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Conacher era at Canisius ends

The Conacher era at Canisius College has ended.

Shane Conacher elected to forego his senior year and signed an Amateur Try Out contract with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. He is making his pro debut Saturday afternoon as the Marlies host St. John’s.

Conacher recorded 106 points on 37 goals and 69 assists in his three seasons with the Golden Griffins. He and his brother, Cory, were the only Griffs to reach 100 points during their junior campaign.

Shane was a first-team All-Atlantic Hockey selection this season, leading Canisius with 46 points (20 goals, 26 assists) ranking 11th nationally in points and 14th in goals.

“We are extremely happy for Shane as he continues his career at the next level,” Canisius coach Dave Smith said in a statement. “He has helped elevate our program during his three years here and I’m excited to see him continue that success as a pro. We have accomplished a lot with the Conacher family at Canisius and it will be fun to see if Shane can reach the level his brother did after a successful collegiate career with the Griffs.”

Cory Conacher graduated from Canisius in 2011 with 12 school records. He became the fourth player in AHL history to earn MVP and Rookie of the Year honors in the same season, leading Norfolk to the Calder Cup in 2012. Cory spent four seasons in the NHL and played this past year in Switzerland.

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