Men's Ice Hockey Incoming Freshman RJ Boyd Drafted By Florida Panthers

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Future Pioneer defenseman RJ Boyd was taken in the seventh round of the 2010 NHL Draft this weekend by the Florida Panthers.  The Punta Gorda, FL native becomes the second player to be drafted in Atlantic Hockey history alongside fellow Pioneer Jason Smith, a sixth round selection in 2003. Boyd also becomes just the second draft pick in Panthers history from the state of Florida.

“We are very excited for RJ, he has worked very hard on his game,” said Sacred Heart head coach C.J. Marottolo.  “Getting drafted is a special honor, it’s great for RJ, our league, and Sacred Heart University.  We look forward to having RJ become a part of our hockey program.”
Boyd also tallied four goals and 18 assists in 31 games last season at Cushing Academy.  "He's a 6-foot-3 defender, very good skater, very natural athlete," Panthers director of scouting Scott Luce said in a press release. "And he's a guy when you look at it, he brings that size, speed, skill and he has a lot of character."
Boyd will join the Pioneers as the program enters the 2010-11 season in search of its first Atlantic Hockey Championship after tying the school record for wins in a season with 21 in 2009-10.