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The P.E.I. Rocket’s all-time leading scorer will play for the Saint Mary’s Huskies this season.
Ben Duffy recently transferred from the University of New Brunswick where he went after Christmas following 21 games split between the AHL and ECHL.
“For me, just being able to play at home was the big factor,” said the 22-year-old Lower Sackville, N.S., native. “It’s going to be fun.”
It will be the first time Duffy has played at home since he was a 16-year-old midget player with the Dartmouth Subways.
The Rocket drafted him in the first round and he went onto play the next five seasons in Charlottetown.
He won the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) scoring race with 110 points in 68 games in his final junior season in 2012-13.
Duffy signed a one-year deal with the Montreal Canadiens organization following his final QMJHL year.
After recording two assists in 15 games with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, Duffy was sent to the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers, where he scored four goals and set up two more in six games.
In December, Duffy decided to pursue university hockey at UNB, but because the Varsity Reds had reached the roster maximum, Duffy was unable to play during the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) season.
He did play a handful of games in Newfoundland’s senior hockey league, but is looking forward to starting his university career with the Huskies.
“UNB has an awesome hockey program, so to leave it is tough, but at the same time, I’m excited to join Saint Mary’s and be closer to home for a while,” Duffy said.
Saint Mary’s has “a great program with their hockey and a really good business program at the school.”