Woodbury grad David Eddy signs with Calgary FlamesWoodbury 2008 graduate David Eddy signed a two-year contract with the Calgary Flames last week, becoming the first ever Royals hockey player to have an NHL contract.
By: Patrick Johnson, Sports Editor, Woodbury Bulletin
A Woodbury record-breaker continues to re-write history.
Woodbury 2008 graduate David Eddy signed a two-year contract with the Calgary Flames last week, becoming the first ever Royals hockey player to have an NHL contract.
Woodbury head coach Wes Bolin, who just finished his eighth year as Royals head coach and 29th overall, said he was “very proud of David” – a player Bolin said put Woodbury “on the high school hockey map.”
“This is certainly an exciting thing for him and for the Woodbury hockey community,” Bolin said. “On a hockey team you have a lot of players that make contributions, obviously. But, when it comes down to it you need your best players to be your best players in big games and David always was. I’m extremely happy for him.”
Eddy, , a 6’0”, 195-pound forward, set numerous records at Woodbury High School. His 33 goals and 36 assists for 69 points in 2008 are all school single-season records. He also has the career-point record with 147, the career goals record, 71, and the career assists record 76, during his three-year varsity career for the Royals.
Bolin said he isn’t surprised Eddy earned an NHL contract.
“The kind of things he did for us in high school, you wouldn’t put anything past him,” Bolin said. “He’s such an unbelievable competitor. I don’t think I’ve coached anyone who is able to compete as hard as he does and get things done at the high level that he did.”
Eddy just finished his junior year at St. Cloud University. He scored 30 goals and added 35 assists for 65 points in 92 games in three seasons with the Huskies.
“When we were informed that David had elected to forego his senior season we immediately informed his advisor that we wanted to make him a part of the Calgary Flames organization,” stated Flames General Manager Jay Feaster in a release. “David is a hard worker who goes to the high traffic areas on the ice and plays the game with grit and passion. He is the type of player who agitates opponents by the way he battles and competes. He is very strong on his skates and tough to move from in front of the net. At the same time, he has good hands and vision and we like his offensive instincts. We are pleased he has chosen to start his professional career with our organization and we look forward to his continued development.”
In addition to being a star hockey player for Woodbury, Eddy was a standout football and baseball player for the Royals as well.
“He was one of those guys when the game was on the line he wanted to have the baseball or the football or the puck,” Bolin said. “He usually found a way to be in those situations and to succeed in those situations. Those are the kinds of guys that are really great people to have on your team.”
Eddy scored perhaps the biggest goal in Woodbury history. He netted the game-winning goal in overtime to beat Cretin-Derham Hall in 2007 and give Woodbury its first state tournament berth.
“He just found a way to score big goals when they were needed. Those are the kinds of kids you know have something special,” Bolin said.
As part of the deal, Eddy signed an Amateur Tryout with the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL and is already with the team.
Bolin said he foresees good things for Eddy in the near future.
“I expect him to compete, obviously and to learn and grow,” Bolin said. “He has a two-year contract. I wouldn’t be surprised if he works his way into some NHL games and earns another contract after that. I expect him to have a good transition into professional hockey and I think he’s going to have a successful professional career.”