Langley’s Danton Heinen has signed with the Boston Bruins.
The University of Denver forward inked a three-year entry-level contract, beginning with the 2016/17 season.
Heinen, 20, finished up his sophomore season at the University of Denver in 2015-16, earning first-team All-NCHC honors after recording 20 goals and 28 assists for 48 points with a plus-19 rating in 41 games.
Heinen will join the Providence Bruins on an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO) for the remainder of the 2015-16 season.
With Denver this past season, Heinen led the team to an NCAA Tournament berth for the second straight season, helping the Pioneers advance to the Frozen Four this year.
As a freshman in 2014/15, the 20-year-old forward earned NCHC Rookie of the Year honours after winning the conference’s overall scoring title with 16 goals and 29 assists for 45 points in 40 games.
Prior to attending Denver, the 6’1” 185-pound forward served as captain of the Surrey Eagles of the British Columbia Hockey League in 2013/14, posting 29 goals and 33 assists for a team-high 62 points in 57 games.
In his first and only year in the BCHL, Heinen won the Bruce Allison Memorial Trophy as B.C. Hockey League Rookie of the Year, as well as the Bob Fenton Trophy as the BCHL’s Most Sportsmanlike Player.
Heinen was originally selected by the Bruins in the fourth round (116th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
“My goal is definitely to play in the NHL, and play for the Bruins,” Heinen told the Advance, after the 2014 draft. “I’ll try to get a degree here in Denver but my main goal is to play in the NHL.”
– Files from the Boston Bruins team website