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Reaney Leaves Niagara, Signs with Edmonton Oilers

CHN Staff Report

Niagara junior forward Les Reaney has chosen to leave school to sign a professional contract with the NHL's Edmonton Oilers. He will immediately join the Springfield (Mass.) Falcons, the Oilers' AHL affiliate.

"First and foremost, we are happy for Les because he has fulfilled his lifelong dream of playing professional hockey," said Purple Eagles coach Dave Burkholder in a statement on Saturday afternoon.

Reaney was named to the All-CHA second team for each of his first two seasons at Niagara. As a freshman, he was named Co-CHA Rookie of the Year along with teammate Ted Cook. This season, Reaney scored five goals and 10 assists in 25 games for the Purple Eagles and is seventh on the team in scoring.

He finishes his career at Niagara with 99 total points.

"Les continues a tradition of Niagara hockey players who have signed professional hockey contracts and I think that speaks to the quality program we have built," Burkholder added. "At the same time, it's my job as a college coach and educator to make sure we get our players to commencement. Unfortunately, Les is three semesters short from that goal, but this is an opportunity that he feels he can't pass up. We support him, thank him for all he has done for our program and wish him the best of luck in the Edmonton Oilers organization."

The Purple Eagles, currently in third place in the CHA, are currently in the midst of a seven-game unbeaten streak.

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