Winterhawks Sign Keegan IversonMar 18, 2012 - 15:32 GMT
The Portland Winterhawks have signed highly-touted Minnesota high school player Keegan Iverson.
Iverson, a center, had 13 goals and 23 assists for 36 points in 23 games this season with Breck High School in Minneapolis. Iverson was the only ninth grader playing on Breck’s varsity team, and helped lead them to the semi-finals of the state championship. He also played on Breck’s varsity team last season as a 14-year-old eighth grader, and posted 10 goals and nine assists for 19 points in 24 games.
Iverson, 15, was added to the Winterhawks’ protected list last summer, and attended Portland’s training camp last August.
“Keegan was outstanding in training camp for us last summer, and went on to have a terrific season at Breck. Signing him has been a big priority for us this season,” said Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston. “As a converted defenseman, Keegan combines physical play with tremendous offensive abilities. To thrive as a 15-year-old in Minnesota high school hockey is remarkable.”
Iverson is the latest high-profile American player the Hawks have signed in the last year, joining recent signees Dominic Turgeon (Colorado) and Alex Schoenborn (North Dakota), along with last year’s signings of Brendan Burke (Arizona) and Chase De Leo (California), who are playing for the Winterhawks this season as 16-year-olds.
“Much like those four players, Keegan had numerous options available to him,” added Johnston. “We’re excited that Keegan has chosen to sign with us, as he’s been identified by USA Hockey to be one of the top 15-year-olds in the country, and he will be a big part of our future.”