September 12, 2011

Former Crusaders Sheen And Znutas Sign Professional Hockey Contracts

WORCESTER, Mass.­ – Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) and Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.), who were members of the Holy Cross graduating class of 2011, have signed professional hockey contracts. Sheen has signed with the Reading Royals of the ECHL. Reading is an affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins, and the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. Znutas agreed to a contract with the Bloomington Blaze of the Central Hockey League (CHL).   

Sheen, who was a two-time captain, led the team last season with a career-best 17 goals, while he was second with a career-best 35 points and was third with a career-best 18 assists. He also led the team with a career-best seven power play goals which were tied for 10th all-time for a season on the Holy Cross Division I list. His 17 goals are tied for fifth for a Division I season at the school. For his career, Sheen had 52 goals and 52 assists for 104 points in 149 games. He is the 39th Crusader to record 100 points and is the ninth player to reach 100 points in the Division I era. He is sixth on the school's all-time Division I list for career goals, while he is ninth in points. Sheen is also ninth all-time on the Division I list with 17 career power play goals. He is first in the history of the program for games played as he appeared in every game that the Crusaders played during his career. He was also on the Hobey Baker fan ballot every season. Sheen was a three-time member of the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team.

Znutas played in 145 career games which are third all-time at Holy Cross. For his career he had 15 goals and 40 assists for 55 points. As a freshman he was named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie team as he recorded six goals and nine assists for 15 points. As a sophomore he tallied a career-best 16 points with four goals and 12 assists. As a senior he played in 37 contests with five goals and seven assists for 12 points. He was also a four-time member of the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team.