DENVER (CBS4) - The Pacific Rim line for the Denver Pioneers hockey team needs a new member after sophomore Danton Heinen has decided to turn pro.
Heinen has decided to join the Boston Bruins organization, head DU hockey coach Jim Montgomery announced on Monday.
Heinen led the Pioneers with 20 goals and 48 points as they made the Frozen Four for the first time in over a decade. He also led the team in goals the previous season.
"We're very excited for Danton to be signing with Boston. It's a great achievement and everyone in our program celebrates the accomplishment with him," Montgomery said in a statement. "The accolades he's accrued and the (statistical) numbers he's produced during his time at Denver speak volumes about his talent as a hockey player, but the things that don't show up on a score sheet – his tremendous character, work ethic and dedication to his teammates – are truly immeasurable and that's what makes him such a special young man."
"I'd like to thank everyone at Denver for two fantastic years and it's been an honor to wear a Pioneers jersey," Heinen said. "The administration, faculty, my teammates and the student body as a whole have been very supportive and the coaching staff has been nothing short of phenomenal."
Heinen was selected by the Bruins in Round 4 (116th Overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
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