West Kelowna Warrior alum Jason Cotton signs with Carolina

Ex-Warrior inks NHL deal

Former West Kelowna Warriors forward Jason Cotton knows where the next road in his hockey journey will take him.

Cotton, 25, who just completed his senior year at Sacred Heart University, signed a one-year contract today with the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes.

The signing was a family two-for, as the Hurricanes also inked his younger brother David to a two-year entry level deal.

Jason's contract will pay him $700,000 if he cracks the Carolina lineup and $50,000 at the AHL level. He also received a $25,000 signing bonus.

Cotton is coming off a spectacular season with Sacred Heart.

He finished the shortened season with 20 goals and 37 points in 34 games. Was named Atlantic Hockey player of the year, a first-team all-star, and is one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award.

"David and Jason both had very productive senior seasons this year," said Carolina GM Don Waddell on the team's website.

"We've been pleased with David's progress over his four years at Boston College, and his brother Jason was recently named a Hobey Baker Award Finalist. We're excited to see what they can accomplish at the professional level."

In two seasons with the Warriors from 2013 to 2015, Cotton scored 51 goals and added 69 assists for 120 points in 116 games.

He becomes the sixth former Warrior to sign an NHL contract, joining two-time Stanley Cup winner Justin Schultz (Pittsburgh), forwards Colton Sissons (Nashville) and David Pope (Vancouver), plus goaltenders Kevin Boyle (Anaheim) and Nathan Lieuwen (Buffalo).

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