RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that they have acquired defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, along with a seventh-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, from the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for Pittsburgh’s second round selection(62nd overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft, which will get underway in Chicago tomorrow night.
The 25-year-old van Riemsdyk, appeared in 58 regular-season games last season with the Chicago Blackhawks, where he tallied 16 points(5g, 11a) and a plus-17 plus/minus rating. A native of Middletown, New Jersey has totaled 31 points(8g, 23a) in 158 career regular season games with the Blackhawks, in which they signed him as a free agent in March of 2014, and he also appeared in 15 career playoff games, and was a member of the 2014 Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks team as well.
“As a right-handed defenseman, Trevor fills a immediate need in our lineup.” Francis said of van Riemsdyk. “He has already experienced success in Chicago and now will be another young piece on our blueline.”
Prior to turning pro, van Riemsdyk(6’2″, 188 lbs.) spent three seasons playing college hockey at the University of New Hampshire, where he was a teammate of Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce, and in 102 games with the UNH Wildcats, van Riemsdyk totaled 75 points(16g, 59a), and being named AHCA East First-Team All-American in 2013, and he represented the United States in the 2017 IIHF World Championship along with fellow Hurricanes blueliner Noah Hanifin.
His younger brother, James van Riemsdyk, is currently a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.