Former Penticton Vees netminder Jack LaFontaine has signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes in the National Hockey League (NHL), the team announced on Sunday.
LaFontaine, 24, will join the Hurricanes organization immediately after playing in his 5th year of college with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.
LaFontaine was selected in the 3rd round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Hurricanes, taken 75th overall.
The 6’2”, 204-pound netminder held a 12-8-0 record this season, posting a 2.69 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage after a banner season during the 2020/21 campaign.
LaFontaine took home numerous accolades, including the Mike Richter Award as the top goaltender in Division I hockey as well as being named the Big Ten Goaltender of the Year, Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player, First-Team All-American and a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the top player in college hockey.
The Mississauga, Ont. native played with the Vees during the 2018/19 season, recording a 30-13-1 record to go along with a 2.19 GAA and a .923 SV% as well as three shutouts.
The Vees (21-4-0-2) are back on home ice and return to action for a 1st place showdown against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks (22-4-1-0) on Wednesday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre. It is the second Wicked Wednesday of the season, presented by Boston Pizza, with tickets priced at just $10. Puck drop is 6:30 p.m.