Jordy Bellerive has put the disappointment of the 2017 NHL Draft behind him in a big way.
After going unselected at the NHL’s annual restocking, the Lethbridge Hurricanes energizer was welcome to Pittsburgh Penguins training camp on an invite, where he put his best forward en route to earning a three-year, entry-level contract with the defending Stanley Cup champions.
The Penguins announced the signing of Bellerive Saturday after the 18-year-old product of North Vancouver led the club in scoring at the 2017 Prospects Challenge in Buffalo, N.Y. Bellerive registered seven points (4G-3A) in three games, including a hat trick against the New Jersey Devils.
Standing 5-foot-10 and weighing in at 194 pounds, Bellerive was a vital cog as the Hurricanes advanced to the WHL’s Eastern Conference final in 2017, scoring 14 points (7G-7A) in 20 WHL playoff games.
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Taken second overall at the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft, Bellerive has skated in 135 career WHL regular season games, collecting 92 points (38G-54A) along the way. The 2016-17 campaign saw him post career numbers, with new highs in goals (27), assists (29) and points (56) in 70 regular season outings.
Upon completing camp with the Penguins, Bellerive will rejoin the Hurricanes where he is expected to serve within the club’s leadership group.
The Hurricanes will open the 2017-18 WHL regular season Friday, September 22, when the Medicine Hat Tigers visit Enmax Centre in Lethbridge.