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OCN alumni Keeper signs entry level contract with Florida Panthers

MJHL alumni Brady Keeper has signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the NHL’s Florida Panthers. 

Keeper, who played with OCN Blizzard, had been with the University of Maine the past two seasons. The MJHL’s MVP and top defenceman in 2016-17.  

“Brady is a promising puck-moving defenceman who possesses strong offensive instincts and plays a physical game,” said Panthers’ GM Dale Tallon. “He has been a leader for the University of Maine and found success as one of the team’s top defenders. We are excited for Brady to join the Panthers.” 

Keeper, 22, has appeared in 36 games with the University of Maine (NCAA), leading all Black Bears defencemen in goals (7), assists (15) and points (22). The 6-foot-2, 194-pounder hails from Pimicikamak Cree Nation. 

News of his signing sparked a celebration back in his hometown and students from the local high school held a celebration rally in support of Keeper.