Calgary Hitmen General Manager and Vice President of Business Operations Mike Moore today announced the club has signed 2015 first-round pick Tristen Nielsen to a Western Hockey League Standard Player Agreement.
“It’s a dream come true; I’ve always wanted to play in the WHL,” said Nielsen, a native of Fort St. John, BC. “From playing in a small town and never really thinking about it to actually doing it and signing a contract is quite indescribable. I’m honoured to become part of a very good organization.”
Nielsen was selected 20th overall in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft on May 7.
The 5-9, 168-pound, left-handed centre played this past season with Calgary-based Edge School (CSSHL) in the Bantam Prep Division. The 15-year-old served as team captain and tallied 97 points (59g, 38a) in 52 games. He also had 133 penalty minutes while posting a plus/minus rating of plus-31.
“We are very excited to have Tristen under contract,” said Moore. “He is a dynamic young man with an infectious personality, tremendous work ethic and a strong will to win and excel. He’s also a terrific complement to the young players on our roster and future Hitmen prospects.”
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