EVERETT, Wash. — The Everett Silvertips have officially inked forward Carter Bear to a Standard Player Agreement.
“I’m very excited to sign with Everett and join such a great organization,” said Bear. “[Head coach/general manager] Dennis Williams, [director of player personnel] Mike Fraser and [Manitoba senior scout] Doug Sinclair have been so supportive throughout the process. It’s awesome to be surrounded with quality people. I can’t wait to get on the ice and get going.”
Bear, an ’06-born West St. Paul, MB native, was selected 132nd-overall in the sixth round of the 2021 Western Hockey League Prospect Draft in December. He spent the 2021-22 season with the Winnipeg Thrashers U18 AAA squad, where he logged 25 goals and 17 assists for 42 points in 39 games. He also added two points in three playoff games. Bear played five games with Team Manitoba at the 2021-22 WHL Cup, where he earned an assist.
“We’re extremely excited about having Carter commit to our program,” commented Dennis Williams. “The growth to his game throughout the year was tremendous. Add in his high character off the ice and he fits in great with our program. We look forward to seeing Carter at camp in the fall.”
A left-handed shot measuring at 5-foot-10, 150 pounds, Bear registered eight points in four games during the abbreviated 2020-21 campaign with the Winnipeg Hawks U15 AAA. He had previously recorded 57 points in 30 games in 2019-20 with the Winnipeg Hawks U14 AAA team.
“Carter took very little time to adjust to the level of play as one of the youngest players in Manitoba U18 AAA hockey last season,” noted Mike Fraser. “He earned this opportunity with his progress and development during the year and proved he’s a top offensive player with a bright future for the Silvertips.”
Bear is now the fourth member of the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft class to sign with the Silvertips, joining first-round pick Tarin Smith, third-round pick Jesse Heslop and fellow sixth-round pick Cameron Sytsma. Previous sixth-round draft picks to play for the Everett Silvertips include Dawson Butt (2015), Riley Sutter (2014), Wyatte Wylie (2014) and Patrick Bajkov (2012).
By signing a WHL Standard Player Agreement, Bear is guaranteed a WHL Scholarship for every year he plays in the WHL.