Greenville, S.C. – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced the team has signed defenseman Matthew Prapavessis for the 2016-17 season.
Prapavessis, 25, spent the majority of his rookie campaign last season with the AHL’s Rochester Americans, recording two points (1g-1a) and 12 penalty minutes in 25 contests. He also played seven games with the Elmira Jackals and collected two assists and two penalty minutes. Prapavessis turned pro with Rochester near the end of the 2014-15 campaign and made 10 appearances following a four-year career at Bemidji State University.
While at Bemidji State, the Oakville, Ontario native served as a two-time captain and recorded 70 points (17g-53a) in 150 career games. He earned WCHA All-Academic team honors in each of his final three seasons and closed out his senior campaign ranked first on the team and third among all WCHA defensemen in scoring. The 6’2, 201-pound blue-liner was also named to the WCHA Second All-Star Team as a senior.
Prior to his collegiate career, Prapavessis spent one season in the United States Hockey League with the Lincoln Stars in 2010-11, where he led all team defensemen with 32 points (10g-12a) in 48 games.