Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced today that the club’s leading scorer Evan Jasper has earned his first career call-up to the Hartford Wolf Pack. The rookie will join Greenville’s AHL affiliate ahead of the club’s next game against the Providence Bruins on Friday night. Jasper is the ninth Greenville player to earn a call-up to the AHL this season.
Jasper, 26, has had a breakout rookie season and currently leads the club in scoring. The first-year skater has posted 50 points (21G, 29A) in 64 games, ranking seventh among all rookies in the ECHL. Jasper’s production in his first professional season is third most in franchise history, trailing Marc-Olivier Vallerand (53 points) and Ahti Oksanen (52 points) rookie season totals.
The Whitby, Ontario native set multiple records this season for the Swamp Rabbits. Jasper posted a club-best 12 shots against the Atlanta Gladiators on Jan. 20, netting both of Greenville’s goals in the contest. The 5-foot-10 winger also tied a franchise record this year, collecting four points (2G, 2A) on Jan. 5, in route to a 5-3 victory over the Atlanta Gladiators. At the time of his call up, Jasper had a team-leading 16 multi-point games and had scored a pair of game-winning goals.
At the end of the 2016-17 season, the Sacred Heart University alum played 11 games for the Swamp Rabbits, making his pro debut on Mar. 10. Jasper then rallied for a pair of points in those games, netting his first pro goal on Mar. 30.
In four seasons with the Pioneers, Jasper did not miss a single game, playing a school record 148 career contests while netting 37 goals and adding 47 assists. As a senior he was promoted to captain of his alma mater after serving as alternate captain during his junior season.
While Jasper joins the Wolf Pack this weekend, the Swamp Rabbits prepare for a pair of home games against the South Carolina Stingrays. Free Kids Day is Thursday at 7 p.m. while Fan Appreciation Night wraps up the Swamp Rabbits home schedule on Friday at 7 p.m.
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