Graduating Swift Current Broncos goaltender Isaac Poulter has found a new professional hockey home, signing a two-way standard player contract with the AHL's Utica Comets, the primary affiliate of the NHL's New Jersey Devils.
Poulter was drafted in the 6th round, 112th overall, in the 2016 WHL Prospects Draft and played four seasons with the team, finishing with a career record of 35-87-8-4, a goals against average of 3.76 and a save percentage of .898. In his final season in 2021-22, Poulter posted a 20-23-4-2 record in 49 games played, a 3.00 GAA and a .911 save percentage, and had five shutouts, the third most among WHL goalies that season.
Poulter is tied for fourth in career games played by a Broncos goaltender (137), third in career minutes played (7,976), second in career saves (4,411), and tied for third in single-season shutouts with five. He was also named the team MVP in each of the last three seasons.
Meanwhile, former Broncos Max Lajoie and Joel Hofer are currently battling for the AHL's Calder Cup with the Chicago Wolves and Springfield Thunderbirds, respectively. Chicago leads the best-of-seven series three games to one, and can claim the championship with a win in game six Saturday night in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Broncos sign Coupland
The Broncos announced Saturday they've signed 2007-born forward Ty Coupland to a standard player agreement. The North Vancouver, BC, product was picked 42nd overall by the Broncos in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft, and becomes the third player from the draft class to sign with the team after Peyton Kettles (6th overall), and Parker Rondeau (30th overall).
Coupland posted 36 goals and 65 points in 21 regular season games for the Vancouver Northwest Hawks in 2021-22, and seven goals and 14 points in the playoffs.