Edmonton Oilers sign defenceman Ethan Bear to entry-level deal

Ethan Bear, seen in a WHL game in May 2016, signed a three-year entry level contract with the Edmonton Oilers Saturday, July 2, 2016. Credit, Shaw TV

Defenceman Ethan Bear and the Edmonton Oilers agreed to a three-year entry level contract on Saturday.

The 19-year-old Bear appeared in 69 games with the Western Hockey League’s Seattle Thunderbirds last season, scoring 19 goals and adding 46 assists with 33 penalty minutes and a plus-14 rating.

He led all Seattle defencemen in scoring and had a team-high 12 power-play goals. The five-foot-11, 197-pound Bear has appeared in 197 career WHL games, with 38 goals and 84 assists, 74 penalty minutes and a plus-16 rating.

The Ochapowace, Sask., native was selected by the Oilers in the fifth round, 124th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft.

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