Former Portland Winterhawks goaltender Cole Kehler signed a one-year contract with the Manitoba Moose, American Hockey League affiliates of the Winnipeg Jets. Kehler, who attended the Jets NHL training camp earlier this month, will join fellow Winterhawks alumnus and former teammate Skyler McKenzie in Manitoba for the 2021 regular season.
Kehler appeared in 31 games with the ECHL’s Fort Wayne Komets during the 2019-20 season and posted a 14-10-4 record while marking a 3.05 goals-against average, a .901 save percentage and two shutouts. Kehler earned a call-up and he played in his first AHL contest last season with the Ontario Reign on November 15, 2019 against San Diego.
Prior to turning pro, the Altona, Man. product guided Portland to back-to-back playoff appearances in 2017 and 2018. In 132 career regular season and postseason games with the Winterhawks, Kehler boasted an impressive 72-43-2-7 record with a 3.08 goals-against average, .907 save percentage, and six WHL shutouts.