Former Robert Morris defenseman Aidan Girduckis has found a new school and transferred to Chatham University, he announced on Sunday.
“I’m very excited to announce my commitment to join the Chatham University men’s hockey team, as well as further my education,” Girduckis wrote on Twitter. “I’m very thankful for this opportunity and I’m very excited to get the ball rolling! #RollCougs”
Girduckis left Robert Morris during the 2019-20 season. He didn’t register any playing time that year, but did appear in 23 games as a freshman during the 2018-19 season. That year, he scored his only collegiate goal against Mercyhurst, and registered 11 blocked shots on the season.
He follows former Robert Morris assistant coach Michael Gerhson, who left Robert Morris prior to this season to take the head coaching job at Chatham. He is just the second head coach ever in the young program’s existence.
“We are very excited to have Aidan come to Chatham,” Gerhson said to Pittsburgh Hockey Digest. “He had lots of other options but he believes in what we are doing here at Chatham. Aidan, along with the rest of the returning and incoming players, are excited to get back on the ice to show everyone what we are building here at Chatham.”
Chatham is the only Division-III hockey program in the city of Pittsburgh and has just three seasons under their belt. They have a combined overall record of 11-58-6 and a record of 8-42-2 in the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC). All prior seasons were coached by former head coach Michael Callan.
For now, Girduckis and Gerhson will have to wait for their first season together at Chatham to start. The UCHC recently voted to start the hockey season on Feb. 19. However, no schedule has been announced and the start date is dependent on government guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.