Bulldogs’ Kaliyev signs with Kings


LOS ANGELES – The LA Kings have signed forward Arthur Kaliyev to a three-year entry-level contracts, according to Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake.

Kaliyev led the Hamilton Bulldogs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with 44 goals and 54 assists for 98 points in 57 games in 2019-20. The 6-2, 190-pound forward also registered 16 power-play goals. The 18-year old finished fifth in the league in points, tied for sixth in goals, third in power-play points (41) and tied for third in power-play goals. He also received the Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy for the league’s top-scoring right winger and was a finalist for the Red Tilson Trophy for Most Outstanding Player of the Year.

In three season with the Bulldogs, Kaliyev compiled 248 points (126-122=248) in 192 games, setting the record for most points in team history on Feb. 1, 2020. He also became the first player in Hamilton’s history to record a 100-point season in 2018-19 with 102 points (51-51) in 67 games. He became just the 13th 17-year old in OHL history to register a 50-goal season. Kaliyev also totaled 13 points (4-9) in 25 career postseason games with Hamilton, highlighted by an OHL Championship in 2018.

The native of New York City, N.Y., was originally a second-round selection (33rd overall) of the Kings in the 2019 NHL Draft.

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