CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The National Hockey League shortened COVID-schedule is set to open up this week with a 56-game season that three Prince Edward Island natives will get to take part in.

Wednesday night the Vancouver Canucks will take on the Edmonton Oilers with Stratford’s Zack MacEwen returning to the roster full time this season. MacEwen, a six-foot-three power forward has settled in well in Vancouver bringing an aggressive style of play and will look forward to proving himself in a more permanent role since traveling back and forth between the canucks and their AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets, the past two seasons. After recording five goals and one assist in only 17 GP with the club, this will be MacEwen’s first time opening a season with an NHL club. He also played in six playoff games last season and signed a two-year contract with the Canucks worth $1.65 million just this fall.

Noah Dobson of Summerside and Ross Johnston of Charlottetown will be back with the New York Islanders this season. They open up their schedule against theNew York Rangers this Thursday night. Dobson, a first-round draft pick in 2018, is expected to start the season in a much larger role, being slotted in on the powerplay and expected to see more action this season in comparison to his 34 game count last season. He is in the second year of a three-year contract worth $4.39 million. Dobson recorded one goal and six assists last season.

Out of the three Island natives, Ross Johnston holds the title for most experienced, appearing in 74 games over the past four seasons. Johnston who is currently under contract with the Islanders for two more years worth 1 million a year had three goals and one assist last season.

Another notable heading into this NHL season is Charlottetown’s, Josh Currie. Currie was a final cut of the Pittsburgh Penguins this past week and will begin the season with their AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

 

Finally, Jordan Spence of Cornwall, who was recently a part of Canada’s silver-medal team at the World Juniors earlier this month, is under contract with the Los Angeles Kings. He is, however, expected to play out his QMJHL season with the Val-d’Or Foreurs after being traded by the Moncton Wildcats last week.

 

Hockey PEI wishes the best of luck to all Islanders competing in the National Hockey League and their respective AHL affiliate teams this season.

 

 

 

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Hockey PEI is the governing body for organized hockey in Prince Edward Island. Hockey PEI’s main purpose is to foster, promote, develop, supervise, regulate, and govern the sport of amateur hockey throughout Prince Edward Island. For more on Hockey PEI and its programs visit www.hockeypei.com or contact:

Tanner Doiron

Manager, Hockey Operations & Communications