Numerous Nittany Lions to take the next step in their careers

Numerous Nittany Lions to take the next step in their careers

When one door closes, another door opens. Despite the Nittany Lions’ heartbreaking loss to Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament last week, many of the standouts from this year’s Penn State team will be looking to take their talent to the next level.

It is not uncommon for collegiate ice hockey players to sign with semi-professional or professional teams while still in college or right before graduation. These semi-pro or pro teams offer opportunities to make a living out of the sport to which most of these athletes dedicate their lives.

Both of the Nittany Lions’ standout goalies, Eamon McAdam (Perkasie, Pa.) and Matt Skoff (McKees Rocks, Pa.) will be moving on from their blue and white roots.

McAdam has one of the most impressive futures of all; he has signed with the New York Islanders, a member of the National Hockey League. His deal is a three year entry-level deal, and he will begin his time with the Islanders as part of an amateur tryout agreement until the Islanders’ current season ends.

McAdam boasted a .913 save percentage and made a whopping 631 saves and a 13-8-1 season record.


He said in a statement, “Thank you to everyone at Penn State…It’s been an amazing time, the best three years of my life and I’m excited to see where this program will go in the near future.”

Another standout between the pipes was Matt Skoff, who will be trying out for a Flyers ECHL affiliate team, the Reading Royals. The Royals are a professional team in the ECHL.

Skoff was one of the starting goals from the very first season of Penn State hockey. He holds the current goalie record in games started, win percentage, and saves. His career record is 32-32-7 and a goals against average of 2.88.

Finally, the formidable forward, Eric Scheid (Blaine, Minn.), will be trying out with the Portland Pirates, a member of the AHL. The Pirates are an affiliate team of the Florida Panthers.

Scheid leaves large skates to fill. He is the third in all-time total points with 77, second in goals with 38, and tied at first in short-handed goals (four).

We wish these Nittany Lions the best of luck as they begin the next chapter of their athletic endeavors!