The Portland Winterhawks have announced the signings of three prospects: Ty Kolle, Connor Bowie and Easton Easterson. All three are forwards, and all three are with the Winterhawks for the preseason tournament in Everett this weekend that opens the 2016-17 season.
Kolle, entering his 16-year-old season, was drafted by the Hawks in the fourth round of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. He spent last season with the Cariboo Cougars of the British Columbia Major Midget League and scored 11 goals and added 18 assists for 29 points in 40 games.
Bowie was selected by the Hawks in the seventh round of this year’s WHL Bantam Draft. A native of Fort St. John, British Columbia, he had 39 goals and 23 assists for 62 points in 28 games played with the Fort St. John Northern Metalic Bantam Flyers of the Edmonton Rural Bantam Hockey League. Bowie is entering his 15-year-old season, and will be eligible to join the Hawks in 2017-18.
Easterson, a 16-year-old native of Canyon Country, California, was an invitee to the team’s training camp. Last season with the Los Angeles Junior Kings U16 team in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League, he posted 20 goals and eight assists for 28 points in 49 games.
“Ty, Connor and Easton are excellent forward prospects who will give us great depth over the next few seasons,” said Portland Winterhawks Vice President, General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston. “Ty came to camp this year and really impressed me with his strength and speed along with the ability to make plays. While Connor is a year away from being able to join us he made a big impression on our staff and has tremendous upside that we felt confident enough in signing him now knowing he will be in our lineup next season. Easton came to camp as an invitee and really set a tone on the ice with his tenacious physical play and presence while showing the ability to play a high tempo game that we look for.”
The Winterhawks will open the 2016-17 season on Saturday, September 24 when they host the Seattle Thunderbirds at the Moda Center at 7 p.m.