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Hurricanes Sign Roland McKeown

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Defenseman was acquired in Sekera trade with Kings

Roland McKeown was selected 50th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft
Roland McKeown was selected 50th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft
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The Carolina Hurricanes continue with their signing of prospects and announced this morning that they came to terms with defenseman, Roland McKeown, on an entry-level deal.

McKeown is currently captain for the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL where he put up 32 points in 65 games this past season.  Kingston is in the playoffs and the club is facing the North Bay Battalion in the opening round.

We will probably be seeing the blueliner at prospect's camp this summer.  For more information, check out a copy of the team's presser below.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 1, 2015

‘CANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH ROLAND McKEOWN

Blueline prospect was acquired from Los Angeles on Feb. 25

RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Roland McKeown (muh-KOW-uhn) on a three-year, entry-level contract. On the NHL level, the deal will pay McKeown $625,000 in 2015-16, $675,000 in 2016-17 and $750,000 in 2017-18. His American Hockey League (AHL) salary will be $70,000 per year, and he receives a signing bonus of $277,500.

"We like what we’ve seen from Roland on the ice, and the leadership qualities he displays as Kingston’s captain," Francis said. "He was an important part of the trade we made with Los Angeles in February, and we are excited to see him continue to develop."

McKeown, 19, recently completed his third regular season with the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), serving as Kington’s captain and ranking second among Kingston defensemen with 32 points (7g, 25a) in 65 games played. The Frontenacs opened their best-of-seven, first-round OHL playoff series against the North Bay Battalion on Friday.

Los Angeles selected McKeown (6’1", 195 lbs.) in the second round, 50th overall, of the 2014 NHL Draft, after he finished the 2013-14 season ranked 13th among OHL defensemen in scoring with 43 points (11g, 32a) in 62 games played, and served as alternate captain for the Frontenacs. The Listowel, Ont., native has represented Canada in several international competitions, including the 2013 U-18 World Junior Championship, and the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

The Carolina Hurricanes face off against the Florida Panthers on Thursday at BB&T Center (7:30 p.m., FOX Sports Carolinas, Hurricanes Radio Network). For information about Hurricanes ticket packages, please visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com/tickets, or call 1-866-NHL-CANES (1-866-645-2263).