September 9, 2013, Portland, OR – Portland Winterhawks forward Taylor Leier has signed an entry level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers selected Leier in the fourth round, 117th overall, in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Leier set career-highs last season, his second in the league, with 27 goals and 35 assists for 62 points in 64 games, along with a +41 rating. He then added 16 points in 21 playoff games to help lead the Winterhawks to the WHL Championship.
“Taylor has become one of the premier two-way players in the league, and we’re excited for him as he signs with the Flyers,” said Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston. “After making significant improvement last season, we’re anticipating Taylor will have a big season with us as he enters his 19-year-old year.”
Leier, currently in Philadelphia for the Flyers’ rookie camp, was selected by the Winterhawks in the second round, 24th overall, of the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft.
Hawks Happenings On The Ice:
- The Hawks wrapped up their preseason schedule over the weekend, and went 3-2 in five exhibition games. The offense was in midseason form with 23 goals in the five games, along with a power play that converted at 40.0%. Twenty-year-old forward Adam Rossignol, who’s competing for a spot on the roster, led the Hawks with seven points in the preseason, while returning forwards Chase De Leo and Alex Schoenborn each had six points.
- With the preseason wrapped up, the team now looks ahead to the season opener, set for Friday, September 20 when they host the Prince George Cougars at 7 p.m. at the Moda Center. The Hawks will be commemorating their historic 2012-13 season with a pre-game ceremony that will include raising the WHL championship banner to the rafters. Tickets for this game are available at winterhawks.com.
- Numerous Winterhawks players have been participating in NHL rookie camps over recent days, with main camps opening this week. Nic Petan has made an impact for the Jets, registering a goal and two assists in two games with their rookie team at the Vancouver Canucks Young Stars Classic being played in Penticton, British Columbia.
Season tickets and 20-, 12- and 6-game ticket packages for the 2012-13 season are on sale now. Visit winterhawks.com or call 503-236-HAWK to reserve the best seat locations.