One of the top prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft, Penticton Vees forward Tyson Jost, has committed to the University of North Dakota for the 2016-17 season the team announced this week.
Jost, 17, will captain the Vees in the 2015-16 season before heading to Grand Forks, North Dakota next fall. He was named one of the top players to watch for the 2016 NHL Draft by NHL Central Scouting and his commitment comes on the heels of winning a gold medal with Team Canada at the Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup last week in the Czech Republic.
The centre had a terrific rookie campaign with the Vees, finishing fourth in team scoring in the regular season, with 23 goals and 45 points in 46 games; the 23 goals were tied for a team best. Jost’s first season in the BCHL earned him a spot on the BCHL All-Rookie team.
He also impressed in the postseason, scoring a team best 10 goals in the Vees run to a BCHL Fred Page Cup Championship. He was the top scorer at the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup (WCC) in Fort McMurray, Alta. and was named the tournament’s Top Forward after scoring five goals in six games as the Vees won their first ever WCC title. He had another four points in five games at the RBC Cup in Portage la Prairie, Man. helping lead the Vees to a semifinal berth.
Jost is the fourth player on the Vees’ roster committed to UND. The other three are returning defenceman Gabe Bast, defenceman Colton Poolman and forward Dixon Bowen.