Going Pro: Jacob Caffrey Signs Professional Contract with Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs

March 1, 2018 7 AM

The 2018 United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) Goaltender of the Year, Stevenson men’s ice hockey senior Jacob Caffrey became the first Mustang to sign a professional contract, signing with the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL).

The SPHL is a professional ice hockey league based in Huntersville, North Carolina, with teams located primarily in the southeastern United States. The Rail Yard Dawgs are one of 10 teams in the league and are based in Roanoke, Virginia and currently sit in eighth place in the SPHL with 42 points.

“Jake has been the backbone of our program for the past two years,” said head coach Dominick Dawes. “We are extremely excited he has the opportunity to continue his playing career and wish him the best of luck.”

Caffrey, who was also named the MAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year, led the UCHC with a 1.80 goals against average and a .941 save percentage in conference play. He had a league-best nine wins and finished with a 9-3-4 conference record. The senior has played the fourth most minutes in the nation and has four times recorded at least 40 saves, including a career-high 48 versus Brockport. Caffrey recorded his second career shutout in a 1-0 victory versus Manhattanville.

A four time MAC Defensive Player of the Week and three time UCHC Goaltender of the Week this season, Caffrey finishes his four-year collegiate career with 1,538 saves for a .912 save percentage.

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