BOSTON - The Boston University men's ice hockey team has added goaltender Vinnie Purpura to its roster for the second half of the 2018-19 season, it was announced by head coach Albie O'Connell.
Purpura has played in 34 games in the United States Hockey League (USHL) over the past two seasons with the Omaha Lancers and the Youngstown Phantoms. Last season in Omaha, he posted a 2.40 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage in the regular season to lead the Lancers to the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. At his most recent stop, Purpura earned a 1.97 GAA and .912 save percentage in three starts with the Phantoms.
"Vinnie was a sought-after prospect and we are very fortunate for him to be joining our team after the holiday break," said Coach O'Connell. "Vinnie is a great goaltender and an even better person. He has been through the rigors of junior hockey and fought his way to the top with some different stops along the way."
A native of Lemont, Illinois, Purpura played for the Johnstown Tomahawks of the NAHL for the 2016-17 season and the beginning of last season. Prior to that, he was a member of the Chicago Fury of the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League for three years. Purpura was ranked 23rd among North American goaltenders on the 2018 NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings.
"Vinnie is giant at 6-6 and catches right handed, which is unique," added O'Connell. "We are very excited he is joining us and we will try and make him feel welcome immediately."
The team roster will remain at 26 players as freshman defenseman Dominic Vidoli decided to leave the program after the first semester to play in the USHL.