For the University of Maine Black Bears, the college hockey season is over after being eliminated from the Hockey East Tournament by Northeastern. For the Black Bears’ captain, Steven Swavely, it was the last game of his college career. Swavely ended his four-year career with Maine with 33 goals and 48 assists in 146 games.
On Tuesday night, the Reading PA native was signed to an amateur tryout with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Swavely told the Courier post that he’s been a Flyers fan his whole life, which factored into his decision when choosing between offers from the Flyers and Winnipeg Jets. Swavely has played hockey in the area his whole life playing junior hockey with the New Jersey Hitmen for two years, the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers for two years, and the Valley Forge Minutemen for one year.
“I’ve been a Flyers fan my whole life,” said Swavely, a business major, “so when they gave me the opportunity to get an ATO in the Flyers organization it was unbelievable and I couldn’t be happier.” –Dave Isaac
Swavely is listed as a winger and a center and has played in every situation; four of his assists this season were on the power play while two goals were scored shorthanded. He will join the Phantoms for their last 16 regular season games, hoping to earn a full contract into next season.