PENTICTON, BC – Former Penticton Vees Captain Tyson Jost has signed a three-year entry level contract with the Colorado Avalanche, the team announced Wednesday.
Jost was selected in the first round, 10th overall, by the Avalanche in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft last June in Buffalo, New York.
President, General Manager and Head Coach Fred Harbinson on Jost’s signing, “The most rewarding aspect of being a coach is seeing your players achieve their dreams. From the first day I met Tyson his dream was to do everything possible to someday have an opportunity to play in the NHL; it is now a reality and I couldn’t be happier for him and his family.”
Jost, 19, just completed his freshman season at the University of North Dakota (UND), where he registered 16 goals and 35 points in 33 games with the Fighting Hawks. He finished second in points, goals and assists and had a share of the team lead in power-play goals with five. Jost was named to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) All-Rookie team; he was second in rookie scoring in the NCHC.
Last season Jost was named the BCHL Most Valuable Player after amassing 42 goals and 104 points in just 48 regular season games with the Vees. The St. Albert, Alberta, product led the BCHL in assists (62) and points per-game average (2.17). He also had an impressive 19-game point streak during the regular season, compiling 42 points during that run. He added another six goals and 14 points in 11 playoff games last spring. In 97 career regular season games over two seasons in the BCHL, Jost compiled 65 goals and 149 points.
The Vees Captain was named the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) Top Forward and Most Valuable Player, and was named the RBC National Player of the Year.
At the 2016 World Under-18 Hockey Championship Jost Captained Team Canada and set a new Canadian scoring record at the tournament, picking up 15 points in 7 games, breaking Connor McDavid’s record set in 2013. Jost led the tournament in scoring and was named the Top Forward of the event.
In a team release, the Avalanched stated that Jost will join the team for their remaining seven games of the regular season. The former Vee could make his NHL debut on Friday, March 31st, when the Avalanche hosts the St. Louis Blues.