Calgary, AB - Calgary Hitmen General Manager and Vice President of Business Operations Mike Moore announced today that the club has signed 2013 first-round bantam draft pick, Beck Malenstyn to a WHL Standard Player Agreement. Calgary selected Malenstyn with their first pick, 18th overall, in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft on May 2.
Malenstyn, a 6-0, 160-pound forward from Delta, British Columbia, recently finished his second season with the Okanagan Hockey Academy Bantam Red. Serving as team captain, the 15-year-old recorded a team-leading 119 points, including a team-high 62 goals, along with 108 penalty minutes in 57 games played. This summer, Malenstyn will join 41 bantam-aged players at the third annual Allstate All-Canadians Mentorship Camp from August 6-10 at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.
“We are extremely proud and honoured to announce the introduction of Beck into the Hitmen family,” Moore commented. “Throughout the past season our scouting staff identified Beck as an exceptional talent with terrific work ethic, leadership and character. We look forward to working with Beck and his family as he begins his WHL and Calgary Hitmen career at training camp in August.”
“I am very honoured to have signed with the Calgary Hitmen, and I'm excited to take on the challenge of becoming an impact player in a very strong league,” Malenstyn said. “The Hitmen are a first class organization that I am proud to be a part of. I look forward to working with a great coaching and training staff, and playing in front of what I hear are really great fans. Hopefully I'll be able to contribute in the near future, and I'm looking forward to the journey ahead of me.”
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