STOCKTON, Calif. - A senior on this year's Dartmouth men's ice hockey team, goaltender Jody O'Neill (Nepean, Ontario) has signed an amateur tryout contract (ATO) with the Stockton Thunder of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).
O'Neill just completed his final season in a Big Green sweater, amassing some of his best stats of his career in posting a save percentage of .921 and a goals-against average of 2.50, the best figures in both categories on the team in 2011-12.
O'Neill, who was named the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week after helping the Big Green to a road playoff series victory for the first time in program history in the first round at St. Lawrence, posted 30 or more saves in three of his four starts this postseason. His 45 saves in a double overtime contest at Cornell in Game 1 of the quarterfinals were the most by a Dartmouth goaltender in a postseason appearance in nine years.
An Ivy League and ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year in 2008-09, O'Neill finished his career in Hanover ranked fifth all time in saves (1,912), eighth all time in wins (26), 12th in GAA (2.99) and fourth in save percentage (.910) among Big Green goaltenders.
He will join former Dartmouth teammate Matt Reber '11 on the Thunder and is expected to suit up for the team in Wednesday night's game against the Idaho Steelheads.
The Thunder is a minor-league affiliate of both the San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL.)