April 10, 2012
The Albany Devils announced earlier today that they've signed Union College senior Kelly Zajac to an amateur tryout contract for the remainder of the AHL season.
Zajac joins fellow Dutchmen Jeremy Welsh (Carolina) and Keith Kinkaid (Albany) in the pro hockey ranks -- not to mention his brother Travis, who plays for Albany's NHL parent club in New Jersey, and his other brother Darcy, who plays in Albany. Apparently, the Devils are intent on signing the entire Zajac family.
Zajac joins an Albany squad that is desperately clinging to relevancy in the AHL playoff race. The Devils need to win out this weekend and hope that a bunch of teams ahead of them for the No. 8 playoff spot in the Eastern Conference all lose. In other words, Zajac will get a weekend of AHL experience before hitting the off-season training program.
Still, it's nice to see another Union player make a pro roster this season. And Zajac deserves the chance following a four-year career that included a Union College single season-record 34 assists during the Dutchmen's run to this year's "Frozen Four."
Zajac, Kinkaid and the rest of the Albany Devils conclude the regular season with home games against Norfolk Friday, Providence Saturday and Syracuse Sunday at the Times Union Center.