Former NAHL, Wichita Falls defenseman Poolman signs with Winnipeg
March 30, 2017
The NHL’s Winnipeg Jets announced they have agreed to terms with former NAHL and Wichita Falls Wildcats defenseman Tucker Poolman on a one-year entry level contract with an annual value of $1,775,000.
Poolman, 23, tallied 30 points (7G, 23A) in 38 games as a junior with the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks this season. He was selected the National College Hockey Conference Defensive Defenceman of the Year and named to the All-NCHC First Team and All-NCHC Tournament Team.
Last year as a sophomore, he had 24 points (5G, 19A) in 40 games, as he helped UND capture the NCAA championship. He finished his career with the Fighting Hawks with 72 points (20G, 52A) in 118 games.
Poolman played the entire 2011-12 season in the NAHL for the Wichita Falls Wildcats. In 59 games played, he recorded 29 points, which included 7 goals and 22 assists. He also played in the 2012 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament that season for the Midwest Division team.
Poolman will now undergo bi-lateral shoulder surgery with the first surgery coming later this week. His availability for Winnipeg Jets training camp will be determined upon completion of his second surgery.