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SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) general manager Doug Wilson announced today that free agent defenseman Brinson Pasichnuk (PASH-nuck) (@brindogboy) has agreed to join the Sharks organization.
"Brinson is an excellent puck moving defenseman with a physical brand of hockey," said Wilson. "As captain for the Sun Devils program for two seasons under Arizona State Head Coach Greg Powers, he is a great teammate and proven leader. We are happy to have him join our organization."
Pasichnuk, 22, completed his senior year with Arizona State as the team captain for the second straight season, scoring 37 points (11 goals, 26 assists) in 36 games, finishing first in shots among defensemen in the nation (121), tied for second in goals and third in points. Pasichnuk also set program records for most assists and points in a single season by a defenseman and was one of four blueliners to register a hat trick in 2019-20.
At the end of his Sun Devil career, among all Arizona State skaters Pasichnuk ranks first in games played (136), points (107), assists (68) and leads all offensive categories among defensemen. He holds three of the school's four highest single-season records for most assists in a season, including the three highest by a Sun Devil defenseman. He also was the first and only player in the school's program to reach the 100-career point milestone.
Prior to his collegiate career, Pasichnuk skated for the Bonnyville Pontiacs in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), amassing 95 points (28 goals, 67 assists) in 110 career games. In his second full season, he was named as the AJHL's Most Outstanding Defenseman, led all blueliners in points (65), and was named to the AJHL All-Star team.
The six-foot, 205-pound defenseman is a native of Bonnyville, Alberta.