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Wheat Kings Forward Ben McCartney Signs with Arizona Coyotes

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Wheat Kings Forward Ben McCartney Signs with Arizona Coyotes

The Arizona Coyotes have agreed to terms with Macdonald’s Ben McCartney on a three-year, entry-level contract. The deal will pay the 19-year-old $2.44 million over the course of three seasons, if he spends the time with the big league’s Coyotes.

Should McCartney play in the minors with the Tucson Roadrunnerrs throughout this contract, he would earn an American Hockey League salary of $65K per year.

“We are very pleased to sign Ben to an entry-level contract,” Coyotes’ general manager Bill Armstrong said in a team-issued press release. “Ben had a great junior career and played well for the Roadrunners last season. We look forward to watching him continue to develop next year in Tucson.”

In 2020-21, McCartney paced the Brandon Wheat Kings with 13 goals, 24 assists and 37 points, to go alongside 29 penalty minutes in just 24 games. His team finished first in the East Division, taking the Subway Cup as division champs.

Following his time with the Wheat Kings, the six-foot, 185-pound forward collected a goal and five points in the first four professional games of his career with Tucson. Joining the team in advance of the AHL postseason, Arizona’s seventh round draft pick (204th overall in 2020) actually put up two multi-point games in his short time with the club.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at or on Twitter at @GameOnHockey.

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