GREENVILLE, S.C. — Brendan Connolly, who ranks second all-time in scoring in Greenville hockey history, has signed a contract with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits for the 2020–21 season.Connolly played three seasons for the Greenville Road Warriors from 2010–13, and led the team to three Kelly Cup Playoff runs. Across 150 games as a Road Warrior, he scored 166 points, good for a 1.11 point-per-game pace. On top of being one of the top scorers in team history, Connolly ranks third in goals (70), third in assists (96), fourth in penalty minutes (332) and ninth in games played (150).The Canmore, Alberta native has played 603 games as a professional across 11 full seasons out of Ferris State University. He brings significant championship pedigree between a Kelly Cup championship with the Alaska Aces in 2014, a Danish Cup championship in 2017 and two Challenge Cup championships in 2018 and 2020. Connolly is also a proven playoff performer. In 57 pro playoff games, he has scored 44 points (17g-27a).Connolly returns to North America after playing pro hockey in Europe over the past five seasons. The past three seasons have been in the Elite Ice Hockey League, with the Belfast Giants, Glasgow Clan and Sheffield Steelers.Connolly has totaled 618 points in 603 career games. He was named to the ECHL All-Star Game and was the ECHL Plus Performer of the Year in 2011, was named ECHL Player of the Month twice and named an EIHL Second Team All Star in 2020.
Prior to turning pro, Connolly spent four seasons at Ferris State, compiling 81 points in 147 games. That was preceded by a junior career in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, where he had 145 points in 180 games.