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Chiefs sign 2019 No. 1 pick Ben Thornton

The Spokane Chiefs announced Monday that 2019 Bantam Draft first-round pick Ben Thornton has signed a Western Hockey League Standard Player Agreement with the team.

“We’d like to officially welcome the Thornton family to our organization,” said Chiefs general manager Scott Carter. “We are obviously very excited to get this finalized and we look forward to seeing him on the ice in Spokane at training camp later this summer.”

Thornton, who was picked 15th overall out of Yale Hockey Academy, becomes the first player from the Chiefs’ 2019 draft class to sign.

Thornton, a 6-foot-2 forward, had 13 goals and 32 assists as Yale went 20-6-4 on its way to a Canadian Sport School Hockey League Bantam Prep Division Championship.

As a 2004-born player he will be eligible to play for the Chiefs full-time beginning in the 2020-21 season.

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