WONG SIGNS PRO CON­TRACT

CANES CAP­TAIN SIGNS WITH CHICAGO WOLVES OF AHL

Lethbridge Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Dale Woodard LETH­BRIDGE HERALD sports@leth­bridge­herald.com

Wolves are the farm team of the ex­pan­sion Las Ve­gas Golden Knights

Af­ter an il­lus­tri­ous fiveyear ju­nior hockey ca­reer in Leth­bridge, Tyler Wong is mov­ing up to the pro ranks.

On Thurs­day, the Chicago Wolves of the Amer­i­can Hockey League the sign­ing of the Leth­bridge Hur­ri­canes cap­tain to a con­tract for the 2017-18 sea­son.

The an­nounce­ment comes a lit­tle over two weeks af­ter Wong capped off a five-year West­ern Hockey League ca­reer with the Canes in which the prod­uct of Cochrane played in 317 reg­u­lar sea­son games, scor­ing 143 goals and 298 points on and a plus-12 rat­ing.

The sign­ing also comes fresh off a mem­o­rable Hur­ri­canes play­off run in which Wong helped lead Leth­bridge to Game 6 of the Eastern Con­fer­ence fi­nals be­fore bow­ing out to the Regina Pats.

In 20 post-sea­son games this spring, Wong scored 11 goals and 24 points for the team lead along­side Buf­falo Sabres prospect Gior­gio Estephan.

That in­cluded the Game 7 over­time win­ner in the sec­ond round against the Medicine Hat Tigers that ad­vanced the Canes to the Eastern Con­fer­ence Cham­pi­onship Se­ries for the first time since 2008.

Wong en­joyed his best of­fen­sive to­tals of his ca­reer this past sea­son, lead­ing the team with 51 goals and 109 points in 69 games to fin­ish third in league scor­ing.

His ca­reer to­tals in Leth­bridge have placed him third in all-time Hur­ri­canes ca­reer games played and in all-time goals, ninth in all­time as­sists (155), and sixth all-time in points (298).

Wong was also the five-time win­ner of the Hur­ri­canes Fan Favourite Award, a three-time win­ner of the Scholas­tic Award, two-time win­ner of the Three Star Award, a two-time win­ner of the Hur­ri­canes Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Award, a two-time win­ner of the ‘Canes Most Valu­able Player and Top Scorer while also be­ing a one-time re­cip­i­ent of the Hur­ri­canes Hard­est Work­ing Award.

He was also the WHL’s Eastern Con­fer­ence nom­i­nee of the Hu­man­i­tar­ian of the Year Award for three straight sea­sons, win­ning each of the last two years.

Wong played in thee AHL games in 2015-2016 with the Toronto Mar­lies on an am­a­teur try­out, record­ing one as­sist.

He also at­tended the Toronto Maple Leafs rookie devel­op­ment camp as well as their main camp in 2016 be­fore be­ing re­turned to the Hur­ri­canes.

Photo by Ian Martens

Leth­bridge Hur­ri­canes cap­tain Tyler Wong is mov­ing up to the Amer­i­can Hockey League af­ter sign­ing a con­tract with the Chicago Wolves on Thurs­day.

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