The Philadelphia Flyers have signed 6-2, 190 lb. C Chris VandeVelde to a multi-year contract extension, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
VandeVelde, 28 (3/15/1987), is coming off a breakout season in which he recorded nine goals and six assists for 15 points in 72 games. Prior to 2014-15, he had never appeared in more than 18 games in any of his previous four NHL seasons, and had posted a goal and three assists over 46 NHL games.
VandeVelde recorded six goals and an assist over a 10-game stretch from January 12 to February 5, including a three-game goal-scoring streak. He also tied a career high with five shots on goal Feb. 15 in Buffalo. VandeVelde was honored by his teammates at the end of the season with the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the Flyers’ most improved player from the previous season.
VandeVelde originally signed a minor-league contract with the Flyers in the summer of 2013 and was signed to an NHL deal that December. He signed another one-year contract with the Flyers last July.
The native of Moorhead, Minnesota played four seasons at the University of North Dakota for current Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol before beginning his professional career with the Edmonton organization in 2010. He was originally drafted by the Oilers in the fourth round (97th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
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