North American Juniors

Bolts Ink 2019 1st Rounder Nolan Foote to ELC

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning signed forward Nolan Foote to a three-year entry level contract, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today. The Lightning drafted Foote from the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League with the 27th overall pick at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver, British Columbia this past weekend. Nolan is the younger brother of the Lightning’s 2017 first-round pick Cal Foote and the son of former NHL defenseman Adam Foote.

Foote, 18, skated in 66 games with Kelowna during the 2018-19 season, posting 36 goals and 63 points to go along with 62 penalty minutes. He ranked first on the Rockets for goals and power-play goals (17) and was tied for second for points. His 17 power-play markers ranked tied for fourth in the WHL. The Engelwood, Colorado native set career highs last season for games played, goals, points and penalty minutes last season.

The 6-foot-3, 188-pound forward has played in 168 career WHL games, all with Kelowna over three seasons, posting 68 goals and 138 points to go along with 118 penalty minutes. Foote has also appeared in 22 career WHL playoff games, recording three goals and 10 points.

CHL Game Night: 12-15-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 1 @ Rimouski Oceanic 4

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 8/10 FO, 3 Hits
Season Totals: 34 GP, 14-28-42, +17, 21 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

D Radim Salda, RIM: Did not play (WJC Czech camp)
Season Totals: 19 GP, 4-11-15, +3, 20 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

Rimouski avenged a home loss to Baie-Comeau Friday night with a 4-1 win Saturday night. The Oceanic built a 4-0 lead and cruised to the win. Fortier had his five-game point streak snapped. Radim Salda remains with the Czech national team in preparation for the upcoming World Juniors tournament.

CHL Game Night: 12-14-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4 @ Rimouski Oceanic 3

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 7/11 FO, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 33 GP, 14-28-42, +19, 19 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

D Radim Salda, RIM: Did not play (WJC Czech camp)
Season Totals: 19 GP, 4-11-15, +3, 20 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

Baie-Comeau erased 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to steal a road win in Rimouski. Gabriel Fortier had an assist to extend his point streak to five games. He has been rather assist-heavy recently with only two goals in his last eight contests. Salda remains with the Czech U20 national team in preparation for World Juniors.

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 2 @ Sudbury Wolves 5

C/W Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 3/14 FO
Season Totals: 27 GP, 7-7-14, -20, 8 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

Lipanov had the primary assist on Jonathan Yantsis’ go-ahead goal in the second period, but that 2-1 lead was short-lived as Lipanov’s former team scored the game’s next four goals. Lipanov played 20 games for Sudbury last season after coming over in a trade from Barrie. He had nine points in those 20 games. Quinton Byfield (2020), the No. 1 overall pick in the OHL this year, had two goals Friday for the Wolves. The 6-5, 214-pound center has 14 goals and 29 points in 27 games this season. He is expected to go early in the 2020 NHL draft.

CHL Game Night: 12-12-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rimouski Oceanic 4 @ Victoriaville Tigres 1

D Radim Salda, RIM: Did not play
Season Totals: 19 GP, 4-11-15, +3, 20 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

Radim Salda is with the Czech national team preparing for the upcoming World Junior Championships. We will suspend Rimouski updates until he returns.

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