The New York Islanders signed Tri-City Americans defenseman Parker Wotherspoon to a three-year, entry-level contract Monday.
Wotherspoon, 18, was a fourth-round pick of the Islanders (112nd overall) in the 2015 NHL draft. His older brother, Tyler, is a defenseman with the Calgary Flames.
A native of Surrey, British Columbia, the 6-foot-1, 171-pound Wotherspoon has played three seasons with the Americans, serving as an alternate captain last season.
He was Tri-City’s third-leading scorer last season, with 11 goals (six on the power play) and 45 assists for a career-high 56 points in 71 games.
He had two goals and 18 points his rookie season, and he finished with nine goals and 42 points during the 2014-15 season.
He made his professional debut with the American Hockey League’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the end of the 2015-16 season, recording two assists in eight games.
Wotherspoon also won a bronze medal with Canada at the 2015 Under-18 World Junior Championships and a silver medal with Canada-Pacific at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
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▪ They’ll still be called the Vancouver Giants, but this fall, the junior hockey team that has been based at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia, for the past 15 years will start calling the Langley Events Centre home.
The Giants have struggled to put a winning team on the ice the past few years and watched their attendance drop. They’re leaving Pacific Coliseum, which seats 15,700, for the LEC, which seats 5,276.
Majority owner Ron Toigo said the team has signed a 10-year deal with LEC.