KENNEWICK, WA – Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the club has signed 17-year-old prospect Matthew Gelinas (pron. Jel-in-aw) to a standard WHL Players Contract.
Gelinas, a 6’3 205-pound left wing from Calgary, Alberta, is currently
playing his second season with the Calgary Royals of the Alberta Midget
Hockey League. Through 24 games this season, Gelinas leads the Royals
in both goals scored (18) and points (30) to go along with his 30
penalty minutes. Gelinas also sits just outside the top-5 in the race
for the AMHL scoring title. Last season, Gelinas finished his rookie
season with the Royals by totaling 4 goals and 13 points in 34 games.
is the son of longtime NHL veteran, and current Calgary Flames
assistant coach, Martin Gelinas. Martin, a former first round pick by
Los Angeles in 1988, played in 1,273 NHL games between Edmonton, Quebec,
Vancouver, Carolina, Calgary, Florida and Nashville, combining for 309
goals, 660 points and 820 penalty minutes. Martin, the former Canadian
Hockey League Rookie of the Year (1988), won a Stanley Cup championship
with Edmonton in 1990 and made three more Stanley Cup Final appearances
with Vancouver (1994), Carolina (2002) and Calgary (2004).
is a skilled player, with very good size, and comes from a talented
family,” explained Tory. “He has a nose for the net and excellent
vision and we see him developing into a nice offensive player. We are
happy that Matt and his family have committed to the WHL and to being a
part of our program.”
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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