October 19, 2012, EVERETT – The Everett Silvertips Thursday announced the signing of 1997-born goaltender Nik Amundrud to a Western Hockey League Educational Contract. A native of Melfort, Saskatchewan, Amundrud joined the Silvertips in Saskatoon today to take part in practice with the club.
Amundrud, who turns 15 on Saturday, was selected by Everett in the third round (#59 overall) of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft. He currently plays for the Tisdale Trojans of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League, where he has won two of three appearances so far this year. Along with a 2-1 record, Amundrud has posted a 3.33 goals-against average and a .872 saves percentage so far this year.
In his AA bantam season last year, the 6-foot-1, 160-pound netminder went 6-3-2 with a 2.82 GAA for the North East Wolfpack. Amundrud’s father, Trevor, is also a former goaltender who played in the SJHL and at Acadia University in Nova Scotia before spending two professional seasons in the WPHL and WCHL.
“From his performance last year and what we saw at both our spring camp and main training camp, we feel that Nik has certainly exhibited the potential to be a goalie of the future for the Everett Silvertips,” General Manager Garry Davidson said. “We like his demeanor in the net and that he plays with composure and confidence. He also comes from a pedigree of goaltending, with his dad serving as his teacher and mentor.”
The WHL Scholarship encourages graduates to pursue a post-secondary education while also affording them the opportunity to continue playing hockey at an elite level in the Canadian University or College systems. For every season a player spends in the WHL, he receives a full year guaranteed Scholarship to a higher education institution. Each year over 300 WHL graduates attend a university or college on a WHL Scholarship.
Two games remain on the Silvertips’ East Division road trip through Saskatchewan, with Everett visiting the Prince Albert Raiders Friday at 6:00 pm Pacific Time. Pregame broadcast coverage starts at 5:30 on Classic Country 1520 AM KXA. The trip will then conclude Saturday at 6:05 pm Pacific Time against the Saskatoon Blades.
After completing the road trip, the ‘Tips will return home next Friday to face the Spokane Chiefs and then host the Seattle Thunderbirds for our fourth annual “Pink the Rink” game next Saturday.
Season tickets, mini-game packages and single-game tickets for the Silvertips’ 10th Anniversary season at Comcast Arena are on sale now. For more information visit www.everettsilvertips.com or call 425-252-5100. To keep up with all the latest ‘Tips news, “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter .