OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today that the club has signed defenceman Ben Harpur to a three-year entry-level contract.
Harpur, 19, is in the midst of his fourth season of major junior hockey with the Ontario Hockey League’s Guelph Storm. In seven games this season, he has registered seven points (two goals, five assists) and 10 penalty minutes. His +5 plus/minus rating sees him tied for the team lead, while he also leads team defencemen in goals and ranks second in assists and points.
A native of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., the 6-6, 207-pound defenceman was recently named to Team OHL, which will face the Russian National Junior Team in the 2014 SUBWAY Super Series on Nov. 13 in Peterborough and on Nov. 17 in Kingston.
The 2013-14 season saw Harpur match his major junior career high in goals (three) and games (67), while establishing new career highs in assists (13) and points (16). He skated in each of his team’s 20 post-season contests in helping the Storm win the OHL Championship and qualify for the Mastercard Memorial Cup. Harpur was held scoreless in four games, while recording four penalty minutes and a +2 plus/minus rating in helping Guelph reach the Memorial Cup final.
Drafted in the fourth round (78th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Harpur has recorded 42 points (nine goals, 33 assists) and 160 penalty minutes in 175 career major junior games with the Storm.
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