Medicine Hat, Alta. – Medicine Hat Tigers General Manager and Head Coach Shaun Clouston announced today the signing of Cole Sillinger, the 11th overall selection in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft, to a WHL Standard Player Agreement.
“We are thrilled that Cole chose Medicine Hat to pursue his hockey dreams. We are excited about his future and look forward to working with him as he progresses to the next level,” said Clouston. “We would like to welcome Cole and his family to the Tigers Organization.”
Sillinger was a member of the Okanagan Hockey Academy Bantam Prep in the CSSBHL this past year. He played in 30 games, scoring 46 goals and picking up 37 assists for 83 points. The Regina, SK product is 5’11, 175 lbs and was selected 11th overall at the 2018 Bantam Draft.
“Cole is highly skilled player and a fierce competitor. He possesses tremendous hockey sense and a heavy shot with a quick release which gives him the ability to score. Cole comes from a great hockey family and he displays leadership abilities on and off the ice,” said Carter Sears, Director of Player Personnel.
Sillinger had never been to Medicine Hat before but after arriving for orientation camp, meeting the staff and touring the facilities, he knew it was the organization he wanted to join.
“Everything is world class here, from the organization to the staff, to the room, to the facilities. Yesterday when I saw [the facilities] with my own eyes, I thought this suits me well,” Sillinger said.
Sillinger will report for main training camp in the fall.
The Tigers also announced that second-round selection, defecneman Dru Krebs, has also signed a WHL Standard Player Agreement with the club.
“We are pleased to welcome Dru and theKrebs family to the Tigers organization,” said Clouston. “We look forward to working together and helping Dru achieve his long term hockey goals.”
Krebs was a member of the Okotoks Oilers Bantam AAA team in the AMBHL this past season. The Okotoks, AB native defenceman played 35 games and picked up 17 points (7 goals and 10 assists). Heis 5’10, 155 lbs and was selected 38th overall by the Tigers in the 2018 Bantam Draft.
“Dru is a talented, smooth skating, heads up defenceman who moves the puck well. He has a high hockey IQ and can walk the blue line giving him the ability to run a power play. Dru comes from a hockey family and has first hand knowledge of what it takes to be successful in the WHL,” said Carter Sears, Director of Player Personnel.
“They welcomed me with open arms and when I saw the facilities, I thought I had to go here,” said Krebs.