Meet the newest member of the Winnipeg Jets Brandon Tanev
WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets announced on Wednesday they signed free agent forward Brandon Tanev after the completion of his college career.
“It was a difficult process,” said Tanev. “I’ve never been through something like that so I was able to lean on my brother and my agent throughout the situation.”
“And I just felt Winnipeg was the best fit for myself and it’s a great organization.”
Tanev, 24, agreed to a one-year, two-way contract for a pro-rated average annual salary of $925,000 and the Jets plan to get him into the lineup at some point before the end of the season.
Brandon is the younger brother of former Manitoba Moose and current Vancouver Canucks defenceman Chris Tanev who helped guide Brandon towards the Jets organization.
“It was unbelievable to have someone like that who’s had success in the NHL,” said Tanev. “And he’s had past experiences here in Manitoba when he was in the AHL so he kinda knows a lot of the individuals here.”
The left winger from Toronto just completed his senior season at Providence College. He had 15 goals and 13 assists in 38 games last season. But in 2015 Tanev scored the game winning goal in the NCAA championship game to give his Friars the national championship.
“To win a national championship playing NCAA, that’s your end goal,” Tanev said. “It was a great opportunity to get Providence back on the map where it used to be with a rich hockey program. Just a great piece of pride for Providence College and the community itself.”
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