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In this 2016 file photo, Nathan Noel of the Saint John Sea Dogs skates between Cape Breton Screaming Eagles defencemen Jonathan Deschamps and Duncan MacIntyre (right) during Quebec Major Hockey League action at Harbour Station in Saint John, N.B.
A junior hockey player with ties to St. Anthony has just inked an NHL contract.
On Thursday, the Chicago Blackhawks announced they have agreed on a three-year deal with the 19-year-old. The contact begins next season and runs through the 2019-20 campaign.
Noel, while born and raised in St. John’s, has strong connections to St. Anthony. His mother Nadine and father Glen both hail from the town and he still has many relatives living in the area.
The Blackhawks drafted Noel in the fourth round, 113th overall, in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
He has spent four seasons with the Saint John Ice Dogs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and has accumulated 85 goals and 208 points in 242 career games.
He matched his career high in goals this year with 24 and currently has six assists in the 2017 QMJHL playoffs.
Stats and facts:
Name: Nathan Noel
Birthdate: June 21, 1997
Hometown: St. John’s, N.L.
Current Team: Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
Favourite NHL player: Claude Giroux
Drafted: 113th overall in fourth round by Chicago Blackhawks
Last season: 24 goals and 50 points in 52 games played