SAN JOSE, CA (June 1, 2010) – It was officially announced on Tuesday morning that former River Hawk goaltender Carter Hutton (Thunder Bay, Ont.) signed an entry-level contract with the NHL’s San Jose Sharks.

Hutton, who graduated on Saturday as a member of the Class of 2010, was a four-year standout at UMass Lowell and played in 85 career games. During a stellar senior campaign, he submitted a 13-12-2 record with a .928 save percentage and 2.04 goals against average. Hutton was honored by the Hockey East Association as a Second Team All-Star and the Bauer Goaltender Champion. In addition, he was named a Division I All-Star by the New England Hockey Writers.

Hutton leaves UMass Lowell as the all-time career leader in shutouts (10), goals against average (2.33) and is tied with Nevin Hamilton (Ashland,Mass.) for career save percentage (.913). In addition, he set the program’s single season record for save percentage in 2009-10.

Immediately following his final game, Hutton was signed to an amateur tryout by the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL and was called up for one game by their NHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Flyers.