Fitzpatrick Gets Pro Tryout

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – Former Marian University defenseman Tommy Fitzpatrick, who re-wrote the men's hockey record books while a Sabre, will have an opportunity to realize his dream of becoming a professional hockey player in a tryout with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL.

The Stingrays are a minor league affiliate of the Washington Capitals and are coached by Spencer Carbery, a former Stingray himself who played his college hockey for St. Norbert while current Marian Head Coach A.J. Aitken was an assistant there. Aitken's connections around the hockey world have now given Fitzpatrick an opportunity to carry on his professional dream.

"This is a great opportunity for Tommy to experience the professional ranks," Aitken said. "I'm happy that I was able to open the door for him and now look forward to him taking advantage of this opportunity."

Fitzpatrick was selected to his third straight All-MCHA team this past season after tallying two goals and 15 assists for 17 points, which tied for sixth among league defensemen in 2011-12. Fitzpatrick recorded 62 assists for his career, a school record. He also set the record for points by a defenseman, tallying 75 points in 78 career games for the Sabres.