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Ashland’s Weatherby signs with San Jose Sharks

Ashland native Jasper Weatherby inked a two-year deal with the San Jose Sharks Tuesday, officially signing his first NHL contract with the team that drafted him three years ago.

Weatherby, 23, grew up in Ashland before moving to Canada when he was 14 to advance his hockey career. The 6-foot-4, 222-pound center later starred on the Wenatchee Wild of the British Columbia Hockey League, earning league MVP honors during the 2017-18 season.

The jump help propel him into the 2018 NHL Draft, where he was selected in the fourth round, and also coincided with the start of his collegiate career at the University of North Dakota. In three subsequent years with the Fighting Hawks, Weatherby tallied 47 points (27 goals, 20 assists) in 100 career games.

Weatherby helped North Dakota capture back-to-back regular season NCHC championships and a 2021 NCHC Championship by defeating St. Cloud State in the finals.

During his final season, Weatherby scored 24 points (14 goals, 10 assists) while North Dakota reached the NCAA Ice Hockey Championships as the top seed in the Fargo Division.

The Sharks’ organization did not disclose the terms of his contract.

“Jasper’s performance at our development camp showcased his offensive skill, as well as his ability to utilize his size and strength to consistently win faceoffs,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. “He was a top collegiate player last season and served in a leadership role for North Dakota on and off the ice. The ingredients he brings meshes well with the top young players who are emerging in our system.”

In the 2018 NHL Draft, the Sharks selected Weatherby with 102nd overall pick, trading two picks to the Montreal Canadiens in order to move up in the fourth round to grab him. Weatherby told the Mail Tribune shortly after being drafted that he was a Sharks fan growing up and his stepfather had season tickets.

On Tuesday, Weatherby posted a photo on his Twitter page of him signing his contract while sporting a Sharks hat and T-shirt. In the post he said, “Proud to sign my first NHL contract with the (San Jose Sharks)! Big thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way #GoSharks.”

Russ Alman / Digital Media Northwest The San Jose Sharks traded up in the fourth round to get to the No. 102 spot in the 2018 NHL Draft to select Ashland’s Jasper Weatherby (14), a 6-foot-4, 210-pound forward.