Portland Winterhawks forward Kieffer Bellows signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the New York Islanders on Friday. Bellows, 19, was selected with the 19th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft by the Islanders. Bellows signed with the Winterhawks in May after initially being selected in the seventh round of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.
The 6’0, 201 pound forward played last season in the NCAA with Boston University. During the season, Bellows was selected as a member of the United States’ World Junior team. He recorded two goals in the gold medal game against Canada, helping propel the United States to their first Gold Medal since 2013.
Bellows also led Edina High School to a state title in his home state of Minnesota, picking up 27 points in 25 regular season games. He then won the 2015 Clark Cup in the USHL as a member of the Sioux Falls Stampede, where he scored 33 goals as a 16-year-old rookie. After winning the title in Sioux Falls, Bellows joined the United States Development team, where he fired home 66 goals in 85 games in his draft season.
Bellows was returned to the Winterhawks from the Islanders earlier today, and is scheduled to make his Portland Winterhawks debut Saturday night against the Silvertips in Everett. Be sure to listen to the game at winterhawks.com/listen or download the Winterhawks App at winterhawks.com/theapp.
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