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Former UNH star Pesce gets 6-year contract extension with 'Canes

The Sports Xchange
August 01. 2017 11:21PM
Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce takes a shot against the Columbus Blue Jackets at PNC Arena during a game last season. (James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)

The Carolina Hurricanes agreed to terms with defenseman Brett Pesce, a University of New Hampshire product, on a six-year, contract extension, the team announced Tuesday. Pesce will earn $4.025 million per year under terms of the deal, which starts in the 2018-19 season.

"Brett took another big step forward last season," said Hurricanes executive vice president and general manager Ron Francis. "He plays a smart defensive game and has good ability to move the puck and contribute offensively. We plan for him to be a part of the Hurricanes’ defensive corps for a long time."

Pesce, 22, completed his second full season in 2016-17, playing in all 82 games for the Hurricanes. He set career highs with 18 assists and 20 points and, along with his defensive partner Jaccob Slavin, posted a franchise single-season best plus-23 rating.

A native of Tarrytown, N.Y., Pesce was a third-round pick of the Hurricanes in 2013.