The Kootenay Ice announced on Friday that prospect Anson McMaster had signed a Western Hockey League Standard Player Agreement, signaling his commitment to the organization.
The Ice selected McMaster in the second round, 23rd overall, in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft.
The 6’4”, 175 pound Siksika Nation, Alberta product played the 2016-17 season with the Rocky Mountain Raiders in the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League. In 36 games, the defenceman recorded 15 goals, 24 assists for 39 points. McMaster also played in one game for the Rockyview Raiders of the Alberta Minor Midget AAA Hockey League.
The Raiders are the same team that 2016 Kootenay first overall selection Peyton Krebs played with in the year prior to his selection. Krebs put up 102 points in 27 games in his second year of Bantam before moving up to play with the Midget Foothills CFR Chemical Bisons last season.
Last season with the Bisons, Krebs tied for the league title in scoring with 40 points in 29 games and also had 6 points in 6 call-up games with the Ice.
In addition to the Raiders, McMaster also played in one game for the Rockyview Raiders of the Alberta Minor Midget AAA Hockey League in 2016-17.
“[McMaster] is a big, tall defenceman with incredible potential,” said president and general manager Matt Cockell. “We’re very excited to support Anson’s development both as a player and a person.”
With Friday’s announcement, the Ice have now signed their top two picks from the 2017 WHL Draft. In the middle of May, Connor McClennon – selected second overall – signed his own standard player agreement.