Golden Knights sign forwards Leschyshyn and Quinney to entry-level contracts
While 12 Western Hockey League Alumni were in the process of battling to help the Vegas Golden Knights become the 2018 Stanley Cup Champions, the National Hockey League’s Western Conference Champions signed another pair of WHL forwards Friday to add to their ranks.
Regina Pats forward Jake Leschyshyn signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Golden Knights while WHL Alumni Gage Quinney signed a two-year entry-level deal with the club.
Leschyshyn, a 5-foot-11, 188-pound product of Saskatoon, Sask., was selected in the second round, 62nd overall, in the 2017 NHL Draft last June. Originally selected sixth overall in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft by the Red Deer Rebels, Leschyshyn has appeared in 189 WHL regular season games, all with the Pats. He’s recorded 99 points (45G-54A) in those 189 games, including 10 power-play goals, four short-handed goals and eight game-winning goals.
During the 2017-18 WHL regular season, Leschyshyn had nine multi-point games, including three multi-goal performances. In 28 career WHL Playoff games, the 19-year-old has tallied 10 points (5G-5A), including one power-play goal. Leschyshyn also appeared at the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup with the Pats, recording a single goal during the tournament.
Leschyshyn has also represented Hockey Canada and the WHL at international competitions. He played for Canada Black at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge while also suiting up with Team WHL in the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series. He captained Team Saskatchewan at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C.
The Golden Knights also announced the signing of 22-year-old hometown product Gage Quinney Friday. Quinney’s career in the WHL spanned 182 games with time spent between the Prince Albert Raiders, Kelowna Rockets, and Kamloops Blazers. In his WHL career, he accumulated 119 points (53G-66A), including 12 power-play goals, five short-handed goals and nine game-winning goals. Quinney won a WHL Championship in 2015 with the Rockets, adding five points (4G-1A) in five games as the Rockets advanced to the championship game.
In 26 career WHL Playoff games, Quinney had 22 points (9G-13A), including three power-play goals and three game-winning goals.
After concluding his WHL career, Quinney joined the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers for the 2016-17 season, recording 44 points (18G-26A) in 45 games. Earning a promotion to the American Hockey League’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for the 2017-18 campaign, Quinney totalled 33 points (14G-19A) in 57 games, also appearing in three playoff games.
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