The Tampa Bay Lightning signed Kelowna Rockets forward Nolan Foote to a three-year, entry-level contract on Tuesday, the NHL club’s general manager announced early Tuesday.
Julien BriseBois and Tampa drafted Foote with the 27th overall pick at the NHL entry draft in Vancouver on Friday night.
Foote played 66 games last season for the Rockets, scoring 36 goals and 63 points.
He led the team in goals and power-play goals (17) and was tied for second in points.
His 17 power-play markers ranked tied for fourth in the WHL. He was the only 18-year-old player in the top five. He was named the Rockets MVP after the season.
He put his talents on display for Team WHL at the Canada/Russia Series in October and Team Cherry at the Top Prospects Game in January. He placed in the top 25 of seven fitness tests while attending the NHL Scouting Combine.
Last week, Hockey Canada said Foote was one of 43 players named to national junior team summer development camp, July 27 to Aug. 4 in Plymouth, Mich.
He is currently attending the Bolts development camp that wraps up with an annual 3-on-3 tournament on Friday and Saturday.
Wong on U17 radar
Hockey Canada has also invited Kelowna Rockets forward Trevor Wong to attend the under-17 camp in preparation for the world under-17 hockey challenge. The camp will take place July 19-26 at Calgary’s Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park.
During the week-long camp, the players — 12 goaltenders, 36 defencemen and 64 forwards — will be split into six teams for on- and off-ice training, fitness testing, intrasquad games and classroom studies.
The breakdown of WHL players includes three goaltenders, eight defencemen and 14 forwards.
“The national under-17 development camp is the first step these athletes take in their Team Canada career,” said Shawn Bullock, director of men’s national teams in a release issued by Hockey Canada.
“Ultimately, these players will learn what it takes to wear the Maple Leaf in international competition. We are here to support their development by providing the on- and off-ice experiences they need to achieve the dream of representing their country.”
Kelowna chose Wong 18th overall at the 2018 WHL bantam draft. He appeared in five games for the Rockets this season as a 15-year-old, collecting one goal.
Wong represented Team BC at the Canada Games in February. He was tied for seventh in tournament scoring with 10 points in seven games.