RALEIGH, NC - Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Brenden Kichton on a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will pay Kichton $700,000 on the NHL level or $235,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level in 2017-18.
Kichton, 25, ranked second among Manitoba Moose defensemen with 23 points (1g, 22a) in 63 AHL games in 2016-17. The Spruce Grove, Alb, native was third among all Manitoba skaters in assists, and has now totaled 141 points (30g, 111a) and 134 penalty minutes in 272 career AHL games with the St. John's IceCaps and Manitoba Moose.
Kichton (6'0", 190 lbs.) was originally selected by the New York Islanders in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, before re-entering the draft in 2013 and being selected by Winnipeg in the seventh round. Prior to turning professional, he played five seasons with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League (WHL), where he totaled 268 points (67g, 201a) in 333 career games.