Four years after welcoming their re-establishing recruiting class in 2016, the Gee-Gees men's hockey team now watches foundational players achieve their dream of playing professional hockey.
With 18 fourth or fifth-years on the roster, as well as others completing their education, the Gee-Gees are set to see a large swath of their players sign professional contracts across the world.
This article will continue to be updated as each of the signings are announced.
Signed With: Bisons de Neuilly-sur-Marne (France)
Graham Hunt became the fourth 2016 recruit to move on to a professional contract in France, signing with the Bisons de Neuilly-sur-Marne. Hunt joined the Gee-Gees after spending one season with the Corpus Christi Ice Rays of the NAHL, with previous stops with the Swan Valley Stampeders (MJHL) and the Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL).
Hunt was in a unique situation for his career in Ottawa, as the team consistently operated a two goalie rotation. The Concord, MA native started 19, 15, and 12 games respectively over his first three season. In 2019-20, Hunt missed time due to an injury, only starting three games in the regular season, but was the team's backup goalie during their run to nationals.
Hunt's best season came in 2018-19, when he led the OUA and was fifth in the nation in goals against average (2.13) and led the OUA and was fourth in the nation in win percentage (.833). That year, he also carried a career best save percentage of .924%.
The Bisons de Neuilly-sur-Marne play in France's second division, FFHG Division 1. Neuilly-sur-Marne is located in Paris' eastern suburbs about 13 km from the city centre. The Bisons finished second in Division 1 with a 17-5-4 record last season and featured one former U SPORTS player and six North Americans on their roster.
Signed With: Scorpions de Mulhouse (France)
Following an outstanding four-year career in Garnet and Grey, Cody Drover is the third player from the 2016 recruiting class to sign a pro contract in France. Drover came to the University of Ottawa from the Dieppe Commandos in the MHL, while carrying some major junior experience in the QMJHL with the Moncton Wildcats.
This past season, Drover became the program's all-time leader in assists, amassing 91 in 110 games played. Drover finished his time in Ottawa with 33 points in 27 games including six goals and a career-best 27 assists in the 2019-20 season.
Averaging over a point per game in his Gee-Gees career, Drover was a staple on the team's top line throughout their rise in the national ranks. In 2018, the Grand Falls-Windsor, NL native had his most productive season offensively tallying 15 goals and 25 assists for 40 points in 28 games. His performance that season earned him OUA East Second Team All-Star honours.
The Scorpions de Mulhouse play the top French division, Ligue Magnus. Mulhouse is a city of over 100,000 in Eastern France. It is located on the boarder of Switzerland and Germany, about an hour from Strasbourg and Zurich. The Scorpions finished 21-16-3 last season and featured one former U SPORTS player on their roster.
Signed With: Remparts de Tours (France)
Adam Beveridge represents the second player from the 2016 recruiting class to sign professionally following his four years with the Gee-Gees. Beveridge, an Ottawa native and defenseman, is best known for his physical presence and blistering shot lovingly known as a 'BevyBomb'.
Prior to his time in Garnet and Grey, Beveridge played five years of Junior A hockey in the CCHL, splitting time between the Pembroke Lumber Kings and the Gloucester Rangers.
In the 2016-17 season Beveridge played in all 28 regular season games, tallying 15 points on four goals and 11 assists. In 2019-20, Beveridge played in 18 games, posting two goals and six assists for eight points. In all, the 6-2, 220 lb. blueliner suited up in 81 career regular season games for the Gee-Gees.
The Remparts de Tours play in FFHG Division 1, the second level of France's pro structure. Tours is a city of over 135,000 in western France, situated on the Loire river about 200 km from Paris. The Remparts finished fifth in Division 1 with a 15-6-5 record last season and featured four Canadians on their roster.
Signed With: Gothiques d'Amiens (France)
Brendan Jacome became the first player to sign a professional contract this season. Jacome came to the Gee-Gees in the 2016 recruiting class after a four-year career with the Georgetown Raiders in the OJHL.
An assistant captain for each of his four seasons in Garnet and Grey, Jacome exemplified leadership on and off the ice throughout his time with the Gee-Gees. A three-time U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian, the Caledon, Ont. native also won the U SPORTS and OUA East Most Sportsmanlike Player award in 2018-19. In 2019-20, Jacome won the OUA East's Randy Gregg Award recognizing excellence in the classroom and on the ice and was the conference's finalist for the award at the national level. Jacome also won Sports Services' President Award in 2016-17.
Jacome's offensive production increased from 14 points in 28 games in his rookie season, to a peak of 29 points (13 goals and 16 assists) in 27 games in 2018-19. This season, Jacome had eight goals and 14 assists for 22 points in 28 games.
The Gothiques d'Amiens plays in Ligue Magnus, France's top division. Amiens is located in Northern France, 120 km north of Paris. The Gothiques finished 23-9-6 last season and featured five former U SPORTS players on their roster.