Yann Danis Inks Professional Contract with NHL's Canadiens

March 19, 2004

MONTREAL - Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Friday, March 19, the signing of Brown University senior goaltender Yann Danis (Saint Jerome, QUE) until the end of the 2005-2006 season. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"It is a great honor for me to have signed with the Montreal Canadiens," stated Danis. "To sign an NHL contract is a dream come true and it is what every hockey player dreams about and works for. To sign with the Canadiens, the team I grew up watching, is an even bigger thrill for me!"

The 6-foot, 195 pounds Danis has played four seasons for the Brown men's ice hockey team, earning numerous awards during his career. This season, Danis appeared in 30 of Brown's 31 games, posting a 15-11-4 record with a 1.81 goals against average, third in the country, to go along with a .942 save percentage, second in the nation.

A Top 10 Finalist for the 2004 Hobey Baker Award, and the 2004 Ivy League Player of the Year, Danis helped lead Brown to its best ECAC finish since 1995, while leading the team to back-to-back winning seasons (15-11-5) for the first time since 1995. A five-time ECAC Goalie of the Week and one-time ECAC Player of the Week, Danis is the first Brown hockey player to earn either the ECAC Player of the Year award, or the Ken Dryden Award (the ECAC goalie of the Year).

He holds several Brown and ECAC records, including career shutouts (13), shutouts in a season (5), goals against average in a season (1.81), save percentage in a season (.942), career wins (43), career save percentage (.930), and career goals against average (2.20).