Kamloops, B.C. – Kamloops Blazers General Manager, Matt Bardsley announced that the hockey club has signed left-shot defenceman Mats Lindgren to a Western Hockey League Standard Player Agreement. Lindgren was the Blazers’ first-round selection, seventh overall, in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft.
“We are very excited that Mats has decided that the Kamloops Blazers organization is the place for him to continue his development on and off the ice,” Bardsley said. “With elite players, we recognize that they have great options and we are elated that he and his family have chosen our hockey club.”
The 5-foot-8, 155-pound blueliner is from North Vancouver, B.C. and played with the Burnaby Winter Club Bantam Prep team. In 27 games this season, Lindgren recorded 26 points (4G-22A).
“We consider Mats an elite defenceman in his age group,” commented Bardsley. “His exceptional skating ability combined with his puck skills and vision along with his drive to be the best, will be a great addition to a tremendous group of prospects who will join our team this year and next year,” said Bardsley.
Lindgren’s father, also named Mats, played 387 NHL games as a forward between 1996 and 2003 with the Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders and Vancouver Canucks.
“I am so excited to be signing with the Kamloops Blazers,” Lindgren said. “They are a great organization with an amazing staff. Matt Bardsley, Robbie Sandland, Shaun Clouston and Darryl Sydor have made me feel welcome these past few months. I couldn’t be happier to be a Blazer and I look forward to making Kamloops my home. I am so excited for what the future holds.”
Lindgren will be in Kamloops for training camp which starts on Wednesday, August 21st.