RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed center Zach Boychuk to a three-year, entry-level contract. Beginning with his first full professional season, the contract will pay Boychuk $787,500 per season at the NHL level or $65,000 per season at the minor-league level. Boychuk receives a $262,500 signing bonus as a part of the contract.
“Zach is an important part of our team’s future and we are very happy to get this deal done now,” said Rutherford. “He is a quick, exciting player who has demonstrated an NHL skill level in a short period of time during training camp.”
Selected by the Hurricanes in the first round, 14th overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Boychuk, 19, led all WHL skaters in 2008 with 13 playoff goals as Lethbridge won three postseason series and the WHL’s Eastern Conference title before falling to the Spokane Chiefs in the WHL finals. Boychuk (5’10”, 180 lbs.) finished the 2007-08 regular season ranked second among Lethbridge skaters with 72 points, tied for third with 33 goals and led the team with a plus-26 plus/minus rating despite playing in just 61 of the Hurricanes’ 72 regular-season games. The Calgary, Alb., native played in all seven of Team Canada’s games en route to its fourth consecutive gold medal at the 2008 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championships. In 2006-07, Boychuk led Lethbridge with 91 points (31g, 60a) in 69 games as a 17-year-old.