The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Tyson Jost (JOH-st) to a three-year, entry-level contract. Jost is scheduled to join the Avalanche for the remainder of the 2016-17 season.
Jost, 19, was Colorado's first-round selection (10th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft. He recently completed his freshman season at the University of North Dakota, tallying 35 points (16g/19a) in 33 games. Jost finished second on the team in points, goals (tied) and assists, and shared the club lead with five power-play goals. His 35 points currently rank second among all NCHC freshmen.
"We are excited to announce that Tyson has signed his entry-level contract and will be joining us for the rest of this season," said Avalanche Executive Vice President/General Manager Joe Sakic. "Tyson is an all-around player. He competes, plays the game hard and is reliable at both ends of the ice. He just finished a strong year at North Dakota and we're looking forward to seeing him in an Avalanche sweater."
A native of St. Albert, Alberta, Jost helped Team Canada to a silver medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Montreal/Toronto this past January. The 5-foot-11, 191-pound center tallied four points (1g/3a) in seven games during the tournament.
Prior to enrolling at North Dakota, Jost was named the 2015-16 British Columbia Hockey League Most Valuable Player (Vern Dye Memorial Trophy) after tallying 104 points (42 goals, 62 assists) in 48 games for the Penticton Vees. His 62 assists led the BCHL, while his 104 points ranked third. Jost's 2.17 points-per-game average was the highest in the league.
Jost captained Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF Under-18 World Championship in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where he led the entire tournament in scoring with 15 points (6g/9a) in seven games. His 15 points established a Canadian record at that event, surpassing the previous mark set by Connor McDavid (14) in 2013. Jost was selected as the tournament's "Best Forward" and was named to the All-Star Team.