SASKATOON – Blades General Manager and Head Coach Bob Woods announced today that the club has signed 2014 bantam draftee Jake Kustra to a Standard Western Hockey League Player Agreement.
Taken in the second round, 34th overall, the ’99-born, left-handed shooting defenceman was one of five Saskatchewan kids drafted by the Blades earlier this summer. The 5-foot-10, 155-pound blueliner hails from Yorkton, where he played Bantam AA before graduating to the AAA ranks last season with the Notre Dame Hounds of the South Saskatchewan Minor Hockey League. In 28 regular-season games, Kustra, a physical 15-year-old, recorded five goals, 16 points and 105 penalty minutes, adding another four PIMs in three playoff games.
“We’re extremely excited to officially welcome Jake and his family to our organization,” Woods said. “We had a great opportunity to watch him at our summer camp and you could tell he’s not going to be an easy guy to play against. He’s tough, he’s gritty – he has all the tools to be successful.”
Jake is the son of former Blades goaltender Damon Kustra, who appeared in 24 games back in 1989-90. His brother, 17-year-old Matt, is a goaltending prospect of the Prince George Cougars.
Blades training camp opens on Thursday, Aug. 21, and runs until Sunday, Aug. 24, culminating in the annual Blue-White Intrasquad Game at 1:00pm CST. All on-ice sessions will be held at the Legends Centre in Warman and will be open to the public.
The full schedule and camp rosters will be released later this week.