Former Rams goalie Jeff Rose has signed a professional contract with the Fayetteville FireAntz of the Southern Professional Hockey League for the 2011-12 season.

Rose was the all-time leader in most statistical categories for Suffolk University goalkeepers. In 91 starts he posted a 38-47-6 record, stopping 91 percent of the shots he faced, allowing 3.16 goals per game, and recording four shutouts.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for Jeff," said Hockey Head Coach Chris Glionna. "Over the past four seasons he has grown and matured into a premier player, and his skill set should help him excel at the next level."

Rose was named Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Northeast Goaltender of the Year as a junior. During the 2009-10 campaign Rose's .919 save percentage and 2.68 goals against average were the best in Suffolk program history, while his 11 victories in goal were the second most ever -- he had set the previous record with 13 wins in 2007-08. Rose finished the 2009-10 season ranked second in the league in save percentage, fifth in goals against average and fourth in winning percentage (.568) with an overall record of 11-8-3. Rose was named ECAC Goalie of the Week consecutively during the final three weeks of that season and four in total. Rose was also named Cod Fish Bowl Tournament Most Valuable Player after helping the Rams claim their first-ever title in the local tournament.

Rose finished the 2010-11 season posting an .897 save percentage while yielding a 3.56 goals against average. He was named to the ECAC Northeast's Honorable Mention team.

The Athletics Department awarded Rose the 2011 Alumni Charles Law Student-Athlete Award, which honors a student-athlete who has excelled in academics and athletics.