The New York Islanders announced on Saturday, March 15, 2014 that they had reached an agreement on a three-year entry-level contract with Adam Pelech.

The Islanders drafted the now 19-year-old defenseman, Pelech, in the third round (65th overall), at the 2012 National Hockey League Draft. Pelech has two older brothers who are also in the NHL Prospect system. His brother Matt Pelech, a first round (26th overall) selection in the 2005 Draft by the Calgary Flames is currently playing for the Worcester Sharks in the AHL. Other brother, Mike, went in the sixth round of the 2009 Draft, selected by the Los Angeles Kings. Mike Pelech is currently playing in the ECHL for the Utah Grizzlies. Unlike Adam, his brothers are both forwards.

Pelech is in his fourth year of the Ontario Hockey League, where his nine goals and 45 assists are each career highs, while his plus-45 rating leads the Erie Otters and ranks fifth overall in the OHL. He currently ranks third among OHL defensemen with 54 points in 59 games with the Otters this season.

The Toronto, Ontario native has had an opportunity to represent his country twice, most recently in the 2014 World Junior Championships. He was also a member of the bronze medal-winning World Under-18 Junior Championships in 2012.

A family historian by profession, Rhonda R. McClure has loved hockey since she was a child in New Hampshire. Any opportunity to combine her love of writing, hockey and research is something she looks forward to with much enthusiasm. She's been accused of seeking out shinny games when there are no other hockey events taking place. She is a member of the Society for International Hockey Research. Follow her on Twitter at @HockeyMaven1917.


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