Nutkevitch, McFarland sign deals with Central Hockey League teams


POTSDAM, N.Y.—Former SUNY Potsdam Bears hockey players Sy Nutkevitch and Kevin McFarland, both Class of 2012, have signed contracts with Central Hockey League teams for the upcoming 2013-14 season.

Nutkevitch, who was All-SUNYAC and led the SUNYAC conference in scoring in 2011-12, has joined the Tulsa Oilers. The forward spent just over a season with the now defunct Texas Brahmas, totaling 15 goals and 36 assists for 51 points in 68 games.

McFarland, a goaltender, will join the St. Charles Chill this season. He set Potsdam's single-season save percentage record with .914 his senior year. While McFarland didn't play a full pro season last year, he turned a lot of heads while spending most of the NHL training camp with the St. Louis Blues.

Read the article on Nutkevitch's signing here: Nutkevitch

Read the St. Charles Chill release on McFarland's signing here: McFarland

The Bears open their season on Nov. 2, when they host the University of New England at 7 p.m. The date will also serve as the grand opening of the newly renovated Maxcy Ice Arena and the Bears Hall of Fame induction of the 1995-96 SUNYAC Champion men's hockey team.