Add forward Mitchell Heard to the list of Plymouth Whalers players who have signed contracts with NHL clubs, as he inked a three-year entry-level contract with the Colorado Avalanche.
Last season with the Whalers, Heard, who is from Bowmanville, Ontario, scored 29 goals and added 28 assists with 111 penalty minutes in 57 games. Heard, who is listed at 6'1", 190 lbs., was the Avalanche's first selection as he was drafted in the second round, 42nd overall in June's NHL Entry Draft.
Fellow Whalers players who have signed entry-level contracts are Ludvig Bystrom (Dallas Stars), JT Miller (New York Rangers), Stefan Noesen (Ottawa Senators), Rickard Rakell (Anaheim Ducks) and Thomas Wilson (Washington Capitals).
Heard is expected to report to the NHL team's Training Camp next month.
Other OHL News: The Sudbury Wolves has given head coach Trent Cull an extension to his current contract, which will expire at the end of the 2013-14 season. Last season, the Wolves finished with a 36-26-4-2 record, their best in 11 seasons. The Wolves have also hired David Bell and Jason Young as assistant coaches and will join the team in the last week of August. The team is currently in Russia to represent the OHL and Hockey Canada in the second annual Junior Club World Cup.