The National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks announced Monday that Nebraska Omaha captain Terry Broadhurst has agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the club.
Maverick head coach Dean Blais later confirmed that that Broadhurst has signed with the Blackhawk organization.
A native of Orland Park, Ill., Broadhurst is set to forego his senior season of eligibility at UNO. His impending departure comes ahead of a 2012-13 season in which his younger brother, Alex, is set to begin his own collegiate career with the Mavericks.
Terry is expected to join the Rockford IceHogs, the Blackhawks’ American Hockey League affiliate, in Rockford, Ill.
Alex Broadhurst was the Blackhawks’ seventh-round selection in the 2011 NHL entry draft.
Terry, 23, signed with Chicago as an undrafted free agent, although he had taken part in prospect development camps for the Blackhawks in previous years.
He played in 38 games for UNO in 2011-12, posting career bests in goals (16), assists (20) and points (36) over the course of the campaign.
Broadhurst may not be the only UNO player to leave the program early over this offseason. Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen reported on Mar. 13 that the Ottawa Senators and as many as 19 other NHL clubs are vying for the rights to Maverick defenseman Andrej Sustr.