– Ron Francis
, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed forward Julien Gauthier
(GO-tyay) to a three-year, entry-level contract. The deal will pay Gauthier $832,500 on the NHL level or $70,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level through his first three professional seasons. Gauthier also receives a signing bonus of $277,500.
“For an 18-year-old, Julien already has the body of a professional hockey player,” said Francis. “He had a great week in Raleigh for development camp, and will play an important role in the Hurricanes’ future.”
Gauthier, 18, led the Val d’Or Foreurs, and ranked tied for sixth among all Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) skaters, with 41 goals in 54 regular-season games played in 2015-16. The Point-aux-Trembles, Que., native completed his third full season of major-junior hockey last season, helping the Foreurs to 49 wins and the No. 4 seed in the QMJHL playoffs. Since joining Val d’Or in 2014-15, Gauthier (6’4”, 224 lbs.) has scored 88 goals and earned 72 assists (160 points) in 184 career regular-season QMJHL games, and has added 22 points (7g, 15a) in 47 career playoff games. He represented Canada at the 2016 World Junior Championship in Helsinki, earning two assists in five games played.