BOSTON – Seniors Brad Zancanaro (Trenton, Mich.) and Jekabs Redlihs (Riga, Latvia) of the Boston University men’s ice hockey team both signed amateur tryout contracts with teams in the American Hockey League. Co-captain forward Zancanaro inked his contract with the Lowell Lock Monsters after finishing out his four-year Terrier career with 90 points (34-46), while defenseman Redlihs signed with the Syracuse Crunch, an affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who drafted him in the fourth round of the 2002 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
Zancanaro, a 5-5 center, finished his career having played all 161 games throughout four seasons to be just the sixth player in BU history to accomplish such a feat. In addition, his 161 games played ranks second to Ed Lowney (162) on the all-time list.
As a senior, Zancanaro had a breakout offensive year, tallying 36 points (14-22) to rank second on the team. He factored in the scoring in 25 games, while playing all 40 outings as the center on the top line. He finished the season with a team-best +23 rating, while totaling four game-winners and four power-play goals. For his efforts, he was named Hockey East’s Best Defensive Forward.
Increasing his point totals on a yearly basis, Zancanaro followed up 14- and 17-point freshman and sophomore years, respectively, with 23 points as a junior, while being once named the National Offensive Player of the Week.
Redlihs finished his career with 29 points on eight goals and 21 assists in 130 games. After a highly successful freshman campaign, during which time he put up four goals and 12 assists while playing 40-of-42 games, Redlihs earned a spot on the Hockey East All-Rookie Team. Sidelined for a good portion of his sophomore year with an injury, he still managed to register six points, and then played all but one game as a junior.
After battling back from an illness that kept him out of the lineup for 12 games early this season, Redlihs helped the Terriers win the next 10 straight contests, while only losing twice in the remaining 22 games. In 27 outings, he totaled six points on a goal and five assists.
Redlihs’ older brother, Krisjanis, currently plays for the Albany River Rats of the AHL.