Portland, OR -- The Portland Winterhawks have signed Nic Petan, their first round pick in the 2010 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.
Petan, a center selected by Portland with the 16th overall pick in the draft, played 57 games with the North Shore Winter Club AAA bantam team of the British Columbia Amateur Hockey Association last season, and posted 76 goals and 63 assists for 139 points. Petan, the team captain, was named as a first team all-star at the 2010 Western Canadian Bantam Championships, leading his team to a fourth place finish.
“Last season our scouts targeted the talented center as a player we wanted if he was available to us in this year’s Bantam Draft. Nic was very impressive at our development camp earlier this summer and we are confident he will be an impact player at the WHL level,” said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston. “We expect that Nic will play exhibition games for us along with the allowable five regular season games, and then be available for the playoffs.”
Petan will attend training camp with the Winterhawks beginning next month, but as a 15-year-old is not eligible to join the team full-time this season.
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