EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett Silvertips (@WHLSilvertips), proud members of the Western Hockey League, and general manager Garry Davidson announced today the club has signed prospect forward Jacob Wright to a Western Hockey League standard player agreement.
“Jacob is a forward who is gifted with raw talent and has worked very hard to open doors for this next opportunity,” said Davidson. “He has elevated his game, helped deliver winning results for an extremely successful season, and become a significant offensive contributor on a daily basis. His commitment to a 200-foot game enhances his abilities as a playmaker and approach to care of the defensive zone. We welcome formally welcome Jacob to the Silvertips family, and will look forward to his continued development this season with Fraser Valley.”
Wright, a 2002-born forward, was a participant with the Silvertips in training camp at the beginning of this season and is currently third on the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds (BCMML) and 13th in the league in scoring with 34 points (11g-23a) in 24 games. He has also played one game with the Powell River Kings (BCHL) this season. Wright registered three points on four separate occasions this season with the Thunderbirds, earning a hat trick, and a season high in goals on Jan. 13 vs. Okanagan.
Last year, the native of Langley, British Columbia split the season between the Thunderbirds (BCMML) and the Yale Hockey Academy Elite 15s (CSSHL). He put up eight points in 15 games (BCMML) and 14 points in 17 games with Yale Hockey Academy. Wright was a teammate of Silvertips forward Gage Goncalves and prospect Dylan Anderson in Fraser Valley.
The Thunderbirds currently sit atop the BCMML with a record of 20-4-1-1 (42 points) in 26 games.
By signing a WHL Standard Player Agreement, Wright is guaranteed a WHL Scholarship for every year he plays in the WHL. A player is able to attend any career enhancing institution of his choice, including universities, colleges, technical institutes, trade schools, or any other institution which will help the player achieve his academic and career goals. For each season played in the WHL, a player receives a one-year post-secondary scholarship, which includes: Tuition, Compulsory Fees and Required Textbooks.
The WHL provides the top young hockey talent in western Canada and the United States with the opportunity to develop their skills on the ice at the highest possible level, without compromising their academic goals. The WHL is committed to recognizing academic excellence.
The Tips return to play on Friday, Jan. 5 at Toyota Center in Kennewick, Wash. to visit the Tri City Americans at 7:05 p.m. (KRKO 1380 AM / FM 95.3). The Tips return home the next evening and host the Lethbridge Hurricanes at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are on sale at www.everettsilvertips.com/tickets.
Silvertips season ticket or mini-plan packages are available at www.everettsilvertips.com/season or by calling (425) 252-5100.
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