Dineen signs with NHL’s Coyotes

NORTH BAY, Ont. — The Arizona Coyotes have signed defenceman Cam Dineen of the North Bay Battalion to a three-year entry-level contract, the National Hockey League club announced Monday. Terms were not disclosed.

Dineen, a Toms River, N.J., native who turns 19 on June 19, was selected by Arizona in the third round, 68th overall, of the 2016 NHL Draft.

He scored 13 goals and added 46 assists for 59 points in 68 games in 2015-16, recording the second-most points among Ontario Hockey League defencemen. He was voted to the OHL’s first all-rookie team and tied for second in balloting for rookie of the year with defenceman Mikhail Sergachev of the Windsor Spitfires behind winger Alexander Nylander of the Mississauga Steelheads.

Dineen was limited to 29 games last season after suffering a knee injury when run by Robbie Burt of the host Oshawa Generals on Dec. 9. The five-foot-11, 184-pound Dineen had six goals and eight assists for 14 points.

“It’s an honour to sign my first NHL contract,” Dineen said via telephone from home. “It’s a dream come true. I’m thankful that the Coyotes believed in me still after only playing half the season because of injury.

“This is just another step along the road, and I have a lot ahead of me. I have to have a good summer and a really good season next year. I’m looking forward to getting out to Arizona for camp.”

The Battalion chose Dineen in the 11th round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection from the New Jersey Rockets’ under-19 program. He was verbally committed to Yale University of New Haven, Conn., before joining the Troops.

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