Hockey Alums Sign ECHL Contracts
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Ahead of the 2021-22 season, two Sun Devil Hockey alums, Tyler Busch and David Norris, signed professional contracts to continue their hockey careers in the ECHL.
On August 13, 2021, two-year captain Tyler Busch signed with the Fort Wayne Komets, who are coming off a historic season as ECHL Kelly Cup champions in 2021. Busch was an impactful player during his time in Tempe, as he played every game during his senior season. Most notably in his final year, Busch scored one of the biggest goals in the program's short Division I existence after netting the overtime winner to defeat No. 8 Clarkson on the road.
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— Sun Devil Hockey (@SunDevilHockey) March 23, 2020
Busch cemented himself as a piece of program history after playing in the Sun Devils' first ever NCAA Tournament appearance against Quinnipiac during his junior season. He sits at third on the all-time lists including career games played (131), career points (77), career goals (26), and career assists (51).
After graduating in 2020 with BA in Communications, Bush played for Tranas AIF in Sweden during the 2020-21 season where he recorded nine points in 17 games. This will be his first time competing in the ECHL.
Forward David Norris signed with the Idaho Steelheads on August 30, 2021 after playing in the Alps Hockey League during the 2020-21 season. Norris was the final member of the squad to play both club and D1 at ASU. He played in 102 NCAA games throughout his collegiate career.
— Sun Devil Hockey (@SunDevilHockey) February 17, 2018
His three years in the maroon and gold were memorable, but his biggest game as a Sun Devil came in the OT thriller against Princeton in the Sun Devils' 4-3 victory at Oceanside.
After graduating in 2018 with a BA in Business (Sports and Media Studies), Norris went to play in the EIHL with Milton Keynes Lightning and spent a year with the NIHL Hull Pirates where he tallied an impressive 66 points on 16 goals and 50 assists in just 35 games during the 2019-20 season. His terrific play was more than enough for him to be named Forward of the Year for the Pirates in 2019.
This is his first time playing back in the states since graduating, and will be his first time competing in the ECHL.
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Canadian and English dual-citizen David Norris joins the Steelheads for the 2021-22 season following three seasons abroad and will make his North American pro debut this year.
— Idaho Steelheads (@Steelheads) September 3, 2021