After donning “C,” Quinnipiac’s Nick Jermain signs with Swamp Rabbits


Photo: Quinnipiac Athletics; Graphic: Q30 Sports

Steven Pappas

Former Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey captain Nick Jermain will be playing professional hockey this season after inking a deal with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, the ECHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Jermain played 115 games in a Bobcats sweater over four seasons, tallying 24 goals and assists for 48 career points.

He had his best season in Hamden in 2019-20, posting a career-high in goals, assists, points, shots, and shooting percentage while donning the captain’s “C.” 

“I got off to a pretty good start and was able to build off momentum,” Jermain told Q30 Sports. “I played with good players all four years but really clicked with Alex (Whelan), and kind of switched sides with (Skylar) Brind’Amour and (William) Fallstrom.”

It was a huge step forward for Jermain last season after missing 13 games with an injury and struggling to find the score sheet his junior year.

One stat in particular that stood off the page last season was his shots to shooting percentage ratio. Jermain took 35 more shots as a senior than in any other season at Quinnipiac and in doing so improved his shooting percentage from 12.8% junior year up to 15.4% senior year.

It’s safe to say that Jermain and his fellow seniors did not receive the send-off they might have expected.

When the season shut down in March as the Bobcats were getting ready to take on the Princeton Tigers in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals, Jermain and his teammates were disappointed. They all felt that the group had a shot to make some noise in the NCAA Tournament.

COVID-19 had other plans.

“After about a week or so we started to realize there’s bigger things going on and people were really starting to get sick,” Jermain said.

With pro sports generally taking a back seat to college athletics in South Carolina, there is sure to be an adjustment period after four seasons at the Frank Perrotti, Jr. Arena.

In fact, Jermain had not even seen the area before signing. In a reflection of the reality created by the coronavirus, the Swamp Rabbits needed to get creative to introduce Jermain to their organization and the surrounding area.

“They put together a nice little package for me, kind of getting to virtually see the city and get a good feel for it and what it would be like to play there,” he said. 

Between word-of-mouth from others in the league, his own research and a great pitch laid out by head coach Andrew Lord, Jermain determined that Greenville was the right spot to take the next step.

Only two former Bobcats have played in Greenville since the franchise moved to the area in 2010: John Furgele and Brandon Wong.

A strong contingent of 11 Quinnipiac alumni spent time in the ECHL in 2019-20: Scott Davidson, Brandon Fortunato, Furgele, Craig Martin, Kevin McKernan, Peter Quenneville, Jordan Samuels-Thomas, Brayden Sherbinin, Luke Shiplo, Andrew Shortridge, and Zach Tolkinen.

According to the ECHL website, the league season has an anticipated start date of Dec. 4 with the intention of playing the full 72-game season.