RALEIGH, NC - Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Southeast Division Champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has reached a multi-year contract agreement with first-round pick David Tanabe (tah-NAH-bee). As per club policy, no terms were released. Tanabe, a defenseman, will join the Hurricanes on Monday, October 4, 1999 for the team's practice.
"We are extremely pleased to have reached an agreement with David," stated Rutherford. "He had a very impressive training camp for just a 19-year old player. With his skill level, he has an unlimited upside. His development will certainly be enhanced by playing professional hockey this season."
Tanabe, 19, appeared in four games in the preseason for Carolina, registering two assists and four penalty minutes. Tanabe (6'1", 195 lbs.) was drafted this past June by the Hurricanes with the team's first pick, which was 16th overall in the NHL Entry Draft. When he was drafted, Tanabe had just completed his freshman season with the University of Wisconsin of the WCHA. Last season with Wisconsin, Tanabe had 10 goals and 12 assists for a total of 22 points in 35 games. Over the summer, Tanabe chose not to return to Wisconsin, and came to the Hurricanes training camp as an unsigned player.
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