By Lethbridge Herald on May 19, 2017.
After an illustrious five-year junior hockey career in Lethbridge, Tyler Wong is moving up to the pro ranks.
On Thursday, the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League the signing of the Lethbridge Hurricanes captain to a contract for the 2017-18 season.
The announcement comes a little over two weeks after Wong capped off a five-year Western Hockey League career with the Canes in which the product of Cochrane played in 317 regular season games, scoring 143 goals and 298 points on and a plus-12 rating.
The signing also comes fresh off a memorable Hurricanes playoff run in which Wong helped lead Lethbridge to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals before bowing out to the Regina Pats.
In 20 post-season games this spring, Wong scored 11 goals and 24 points for the team lead alongside Buffalo Sabres prospect Giorgio Estephan.
That included the Game 7 overtime winner in the second round against the Medicine Hat Tigers that advanced the Canes to the Eastern Conference Championship Series for the first time since 2008.
Wong enjoyed his best offensive totals of his career this past season, leading the team with 51 goals and 109 points in 69 games to finish third in league scoring.
His career totals in Lethbridge have placed him third in all-time Hurricanes career games played and in all-time goals, ninth in all-time assists (155), and sixth all-time in points (298).
Wong was also the five-time winner of the Hurricanes Fan Favourite Award, a three-time winner of the Scholastic Award, two-time winner of the Three Star Award, a two-time winner of the Hurricanes Community Relations Award, a two-time winner of the ‘Canes Most Valuable Player and Top Scorer while also being a one-time recipient of the Hurricanes Hardest Working Award.
He was also the WHL’s Eastern Conference nominee of the Humanitarian of the Year Award for three straight seasons, winning each of the last two years.
Wong played in thee AHL games in 2015-2016 with the Toronto Marlies on an amateur tryout, recording one assist.
He also attended the Toronto Maple Leafs rookie development camp as well as their main camp in 2016 before being returned to the Hurricanes.
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