2011-12: Jeremy Welsh was signed by the Hurricanes as a free agent following his junior season at Union College after the Dutchmen won the ECAC Hockey championship and reached the Frozen Four for the first time in school history. He made his NHL debut in an April game against Florida and was scoreless with 4 penalty minutes in 16:32 of ice time in his only NHL appearance. Welsh scored 27 goals with 17 assists and was plus-18 with 47 penalty minutes in 40 games for Union. He was named to the NCAA East Second All-Star Team and was the ECAC Hockey tournament MVP. Welsh was tendered a qualifying offer by the Hurricanes in June and signed to a two-year contract in September 2012.