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by Graham Kendrick

December 30, 2013, Portland (ISN) – Portland Winterhawks center Nic Petan has signed a three-year entry level contract with the Winnipeg Jets. Petan was selected in the second round, 43rd overall, by the Jets in the 2013 NHL Draft.

Petan leads the Winterhawks, and ranks second among all WHL players, with 66 points in 32 games this season. Last season Petan and teammate Brendan Leipsic were the top scorers across the Canadian Hockey League, each posting 120 points. He went on to add 28 points in 21 playoff games to help lead the Winterhawks to the WHL championship.

“Signing an entry level contract is an exciting time for any player, and we’re incredibly happy for Nic,” said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston. “He’s become an elite player in our league and I know the Jets have very high hopes for him.”

Petan is currently representing Canada at the World Junior Championship. In this morning’s game against Slovakia, he scored two goals, including the game-winner, to help lead Canada to a 5-3 win. Canada finishes round robin play tomorrow against the United States.

Premier membership season tickets and 20-game plans for the 2013-14 season are on sale now. They start at only $37 per month and include playoffs. Visit winterhawks.com or call 503-236-HAWK to reserve the best seat locations.