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Cheverie Next to Leave Denver

CHN Staff Report

The exodus from the WCHA's MacNaughton Cup champions continues.

Junior goaltender Marc Cheverie signed Thursday with the Florida Panthers, forgoing his final season in the Mile High City. He is the third member of the Pioneers to sign early, following defenseman Patrick Wiercioch and forward Joe Colborne, who signed pro deals late last week.

"Marc established himself as the best goaltender in college hockey this season and is ready for professional hockey," Pioneers head coach George Gwozdecky said in a release. "He was our most valuable player the past two seasons and is one of the most competitive players I've coached. Marc's dedication and work ethic paid dividends after his freshman season. He will graduate this June with a finance degree and we look forward to watching Marc compete at the next level."

Cheverie, named the College Hockey News Player of the Year last week, was a Hobey Baker Award top ten finalist. He finished the year with a 24-6-3 record and was among the nation's best goaltenders — compiling a 2.08 goals against average and a .932 save percentage.

The Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia native leaves as DU's all-time leader in save percentage (.926). He's also among the school's leaders in goals against (third at 2.21), career shutouts (fourth with 10) and victories (ninth with 48). He also owns the Pioneers longest shutout streak at 223:51.

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