The UMass Lowell hockey program took a hit over the weekend when talented goalie Connor Hellebuyck decided to turn pro and forego his final two years with the River Hawks. UML won back-to-back Hockey East tournament titles and Hellebuyck was a big reason why.

Reports have Hellebuyck signing a three year deal ($925,000 annual value) with the NHL Winnipeg Jets, the team that drafted him in the 5th round two years ago.

Hellebuyck had 38 wins, 12 shutouts and a GAA of 1.60 in his two years at UMass Lowell.

The UMaine Black Bears went 1-0-1 against Hellebuyck this year.

He is the third River Hawks to turn pro early. Scott Wilson and Christian Folin recently signed pro deals.

UML made it to the NCAA regional final two weeks ago before losing to Boston College for the right to go to the Frozen Four.