– Ron Francis
, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed defenseman Jake Bean
to a three-year, entry-level contract. The deal will pay Bean $832,500 on the NHL level or $70,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level through his first three professional seasons. Bean also receives a signing bonus of $277,500.
“It was great having Jake here for our development camp this week, and getting to know him better as a person and player,” said Francis. “He has a bright future in our organization and we are looking forward to seeing him again at the rookie tournament and during training camp.”
Bean, 18, scored 24 goals and earned 40 assists (64 points) in 68 regular-season games in 2015-16 for the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League (WHL). The Calgary native ranked first among WHL blueliners with 24 goals, tied for first among league defensemen with 12 power-play goals and sixth in defensemen points (64). In 2014-15, Bean (6’1”, 173 lbs.) set a Hitmen franchise record for a rookie defenseman as he recorded 39 points (5g, 34a) in 51 games, and has totaled 103 points (29g, 74a) in 119 career WHL games with Calgary. Internationally, he represented Canada in August 2015 as his home country captured its eighth-straight win at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament. The Hurricanes selected Bean 13th overall in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft.