By Carter Brooks
Photo by Calen Addison
Brandon product Calen Addison has officially signed his very first professional hockey contract.
This past weekend the 18-year-old defenceman put pen to paper on a standard three-year entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. After his 2018-19 Western Hockey League season came to a crashing end with a game-seven loss to the Calgary Hitmen, Addison agreed to terms with the team that drafted him 53rd overall in the second round of last season's NHL Entry Draft.
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound defenceman will make $925K annually for the next three seasons if playing in the NHL with the Penguins. In the minors, Addison would make $70K. As a signing bonus, the newest Pittsburgh Penguin took home a sweet $92,500.00.
In three season with the WHL's Lethbridge Hurricanes, the Brandon native has put up 31 goals, 163 points and 159 penalty minutes in 202 regular season games. In 39 WHL postseason games, Addison has nine goals, 30 points and 28 penalty minutes. The past two seasons saw Addison register identical offensive numbers, as he collected 11 goals and 54 assists in both 2017-18 and 2018-19, while serving one less penalty minute this past season.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are desperately making a playoff push in their final three AHL regular season games, while the Pittsburgh Penguins have clinched a postseason berth, and will be facing off against Metropolitan Division rival New York Islanders in the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs beginning Wednesday. Addison would be a welcomed addition to either squad in need of offence.