Monday, 5 December 2011

Ferland Inks Deal with Flames

Michael Ferland has signed an entry-level
contract with the Calgary Flames
Brandon Wheat Kings' forward Michael Ferland has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Calgary Flames.

Ferland was a fifth round pick of the flames in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and is currently sitting in a tie for ninth in the Western Hockey League in scoring with 42 points including 17 goals.

"It's great to finally get it over with," said Ferland on Monday, "We've been talking with Calgary for a couple of weeks, and it's good to get it over with and start focusing on hockey again."

"We are very pleased to have Michael under contract and look forward to watching his continued development in Junior Hockey," said Flames general manager Jay Feaster in a release, "Having this important career milestone behind him will enable him to focus on the upcoming Team Canada World Junior Selection Camp as well as building upon the excellent season he is having in Brandon. Michael looked good in our Development Camp in July, and had a very solid Rookie Tournament and NHL Training Camp in September.

The 19-year old Brandon product is also headed to the Canadian Junior Team's Selection Camp in Calgary later this week.

"I'm just very excited that it's a Canadian team, especially Calgary," added Ferland, "I've been over them, I'm really familar with the players and coaching staff and I really enjoy being with that organization. I'm very excited it's them."

According to the Flames' release that was issued late Monday afternoon, has an average annual value of $825,000.

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