Newkirk Signs ELC With Islanders, Awards For Portland Winterhawks Done Virtually

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Reece Newkirk has signed an Entry Level Contract with the New York Islanders. After a successful campaign this past abbreviated season, Newkirk can return to Portland for his overage season if the Islanders choose to do so. Newkirk was originally drafted in round 5 of the 2019 NHL Draft in spot #147.  Reece had this to say on 

I’m just super honored and excited to sign my first NHL contract with the New York Islanders,” Newkirk said.  “I want to thank my parents, my coaches, my teammates, billets and agents for everything they’ve done for me. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today and I’m super excited for my upcoming future with the New York Islanders organization.”

He joins other players from the Hawks organization who have been drafted to the Islanders Nino Niedereiter and Keifer Bellows. 

Jaydon Dureau returns to the Syracuse Crunch on an ATO contract to keep his amateur status. Currently, the Crunch season is over, but the team with practices and so on will retain him during the “off-season.” Dureau is eligible to return to the Hawks for his overage year but could also go pro with the Crunch or their ECHL affiliate. 

The Winterhawks gave out their awards on a virtual level once again this season. Here are the award winners: 

Most Valuable Player(s): Simon Knak and Seth Jarvis 

Leading Scorer Award: Jaydon Dureau 

Rookie of the Year: Kyle Chyzowski 

Scholastic Player(s): Mason Manneck and Ryder Thompson 

Jann and Robert Boss Award for Defensive Player: Nick Cicek 

Sportsmanship and Ability: Mason Mannek 

Winterhawk Award: Kade Nolan 

Portland Winterhawks Booster Club Memorial Award Fan Favorite: The Entire 2020-21 Team

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Stuart Kemp is the President of the Portland Winterhawks Booster Club since 2008 and has been following hockey from his native Canada since he can remember, though he can't skate, but played road hockey for several years. Loving hockey and professional wrestling, he has traveled to most of the WHL cities and with wrestling, has seen four provinces and five states. It is true that every Canadian city with more than 500 residents has a hockey rink, well at least it looks that way. Stuart has had his hand in every facet of independent Professional wrestling as he debuted as an announcer in 1986 which started his career.