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Senators sign defenceman Jacob Bernard-Docker to entry-level contract

by Sens Communications @Media_Sens / Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today that the team has signed defenceman Jacob Bernard-Docker to a three-year entry-level contract. Following a required quarantine period, Bernard-Docker will report to the Senators.

A native of Canmore, Alta., Bernard-Docker, 20, recently completed his third season of college eligibility with the University of North Dakota (NCHC) Fighting Hawks, tying for the lead among defencemen in goals (three) while ranking second among defencemen and eighth in team scoring with 18 points (three goals, 15 assists) over 27 of his team's 29 games. He recorded 60 points (15 goals, 45 assists) and 38 penalty minutes over 95 career collegiate contests.

"Jacob represents another key component of our future," said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. "He's very mature for his age and already possesses great gap and stick detail within his game. He's an exemplary leader and a winner who we're looking forward to seeing in our lineup."

Recently recognized as the NCHC Defensive Defenseman of the Year (on March 10), Bernard-Docker was also named NCHC Defenseman of the Week on Feb. 22 after registering four points (one goal, three assists) over a two-game UND sweep of Omaha which helped the Fighting Hawks clinch a second consecutive NCHC regular-season championship. A gold medal winner with Canada at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic, Bernard-Docker was also recognized as a Second-Team All-NCHC honoree upon the conclusion of 2020-21 conference play.  

Drafted by the Senators with the team's second of two first-round selections (26th overall) at the 2018 NHL Draft, Bernard-Docker served as a UND alternate captain for the first time this past season.

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