By Kevin Dillon/DFP Staff
Boston University men’s hockey captain Wade Megan has found a new place to play hockey, as he signed an amateur tryout contract with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL Monday. The Rampage are the AHL affiliate of the Florida Panthers — the organization that drafted him in the fifth round in 2009.
“It is a pretty good feeling,” Megan said. “I haven’t gotten into it too much yet, but just being here is great and I’m excited to get started.”
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound left winger was second on the Terriers with 16 goals this season while leading the team with 140 shots on goal. Megan did not make First Team or Second Team Hockey East, but was given an honorable mention for his play. He ends his BU career with 49 goals and 34 assists in 151 games.
“I was happy that Wade Megan was my last captain, because he was a hell of a captain,” said BU coach Jack Parker after his team’s season ended in a loss in the Hockey East finals. “I’ve been blessed with a lot of those type of guys over my career here, over 40 years here. He was a terrific captain for us.”
Megan got the call from San Antonio Monday night and flew there Tuesday night before spending the day undergoing medical tests Wednesday. Now officially with the Rampage, he expects to play his first professional game Thursday night.
Part of the medical testing was to look at this shoulder, which had been injured in BU’s 6-0 loss to Denver on Dec. 29, 2012. However, Megan said he did not need to wear a brace for the end of the season with the Terriers and “it feels fine now.”
With 13 games remaining on San Antonio’s schedule and the team at the bottom of the South Division in the Western Conference, Megan said he is planning on using these last 13 games to help adapt himself to the AHL level.
“I’ve got a lot of things I want to work on,” Megan said. “I’m going to continue to do that. I’m just trying to stay as relaxed as possible right now and playing good hockey down the stretch here.”