March 29, 2012 PRINT Bookmark and Share

Bitetto, Brown Add to Departure List

CHN Staff Report

The list of early departures from college hockey to the pros increases daily, with two more leaving today, bringing the total to 17.

Northeastern sophomore defenseman Anthony Bitetto and Michigan junior forward Chris Brown inked deals today, giving up their remaining NCAA eligibility, signing with Nashville and Phoenix, respectively.

Bitetto, who was an assistant captain this past season, was a sixth-round pick of Nashville in the 2010 NHL Draft. He had four goals and 15 points this season, and seven goals and 35 points in his two-year career with the Huskies. The Island Park, N.Y., native is a rugged 6-foot-2, 215-pound backliner.

Brown is a native of Flower Mound, Texas, and came out of the National Development Program to the Wolverines. He was selected by Phoenix in the second round of the 2009 NHL Draft.

“We are disappointed in Chris’ decision to leave Michigan and not graduate with his class,” Michigan coach Red Berenson said.

The 6-foot-2 Brown came in highly touted and had a solid college career, but never broke through with big numbers after a 13-goal rookie campaign. He had 12 goals this season and 29 points. He finished with 34-46—80 in 125 games for the Wolverines.

“I want to thank the Michigan coaching staff, my teammates and all the fans who have made my three years in Ann Arbor an experience that I will cherish forever," Brown said. "This was a very difficult decision for me to make, but at the same time I am excited about this opportunity.”

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