A pair of former Surrey Eagles players signed brand new contracts on the opening day of NHL free agency this year. Forward Brandon Tanev inked a massive 6-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins worth $3.5M per season, and goaltender Andrew Hammond secured a 1-year, 2-way contract with the Buffalo Sabres worth $700,000.
Tanev, 27, had a career year last season with the Winnipeg Jets scoring 14 goals and 29 points in 80 games – while adding another goal and assist in the playoffs. He initially signed with the Jets in 2015-16 after finishing four years at Providence College. He spent the 2011-12 season in Surrey, scoring 11 goals and adding 22 assists in 58 games in his lone BCHL season.
Hammond, 31, is a White Rock native who spent the entirety of last season in the American Hockey League with the Iowa Wild – the farm team of the Minnesota Wild. He was named an AHL all-star, posting a .910 save percentage in 33 games, while following it up with an impressive .912 save percentage in 11 playoff games. He last appeared in the NHL in 2017-18 with the Colorado Avalanche. His career with the Eagles spanned 30 games in the 2007-08 season in which he had an .895 save percentage and 3.60 goals-against-average before being dealt to the Vernon Vipers mid-season. He also enjoyed a full four-year collegiate career with Bowling Green University from 2009-2013.
Congratulations to our alumni on their new contracts!