Lethbridge Hurricanes defenceman Brennan Menell won’t have to go far to continue his professional hockey career.
The Woodbury, Minn. native signed a three-year entry-level contract with the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild Tuesday as he enters his final year of junior hockey.
Originally listed by the Vancouver Giants, Menell spent two seasons in Vancouver, scoring nine goals and 74 points in 126 games.
Traded to the Hurricanes before the start of the 2016-17 season, Menell had a career year, scoring 12 goals and 71 points in 70 games. Menell was also a critical piece of the Hurricanes’ run to the Eastern Conference Final in 2017, scoring five goals and 17 points in 20 games.
In 196 regular season games, Menell also has six power play goals and 81 penalty minutes. Three of his 12 goals last season were game-winners.
Invited to the Wild’s camp as a free agent, Menell quickly impressed in his time with the team, picking up an assist in his pre-season debut against the Colorado Avalanche on Sept. 23. He also picked up a pair of assists in three games for the Wild at this year’s NHL Traverse City Prospect Tournament.
Menell is the second member of the Hurricanes to earn a professional contract this fall after Jordy Bellerive signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier this month.