EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett Silvertips, eight-time U.S. Division champions and two-time Western Conference champions of the Western Hockey League, announced today that forward Cole Fonstad has signed an amateur tryout offer (ATO) with the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League.
The Monsters are the AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League. Fonstad is eligible to suit up and make his professional debut starting tonight, when Cleveland hosts the Grand Rapids Griffins at 4:00 p.m.
Fonstad, 21, finished the season tied for third in WHL scoring and the Silvertips lead with 34 points (16g-18a) and led the program with 16 goals in 23 games. The native of Estevan, Saskatchewan was also fifth in the WHL in shots (102), and on the Silvertips tied for second in plus-minus (+17), first in power play assists (7), tied for second in power play points (9), tied for first in game winning goals (3), and scored both game winning goals for the Silvertips in overtime.
The 5-foot-10, 183 pound forward finished his WHL career with 281 points (92g-189a) in 293 games with the Silvertips and Prince Albert Raiders, and helped guide Prince Albert to a WHL championship and appearance in the Memorial Cup in 2018-19 when he registered 73 points (29g-44a) in 67 games along with six points (2g-4a) in 21 playoff games.
Named Silvertips co-Most Valuable Player last season, Fonstad was originally acquired on Oct. 13, 2019 from the Prince Albert Raiders and posted 65 points (13g-52a) in 51 games with the Silvertips after the transaction. He was originally selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the fifth round of the 2018 NHL Draft.
ABOUT THE SILVERTIPS AND THE NHL
A total of 20 players have suited up in an Everett Silvertips jersey and advanced to play in the National Hockey League, since the Silvertips joined the WHL in 2003-04. Entering this season, the Silvertips have elevated 27 players to be selected by teams in the NHL Entry Draft, including eight over the previous three seasons. By the end of the 2019-20 season, all three Silvertips in the 20-year old category earned NHL entry level contracts: Bryce Kindopp (Anaheim), Wyatte Wylie (Philadelphia), and Jake Christiansen (Columbus). The Seattle Kraken, an expansion franchise scheduled to play 30 miles away from Everett at Climate Pledge Arena, will make their NHL debut in the 2021-22 season.
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