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Highly Touted WHL Player To Stay With Tampa Bay

Former WHL Star Brett Connolly
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The Tampa Bay Lightning have just announced that former WHL standout Brett Connoly will stay with the club for the rest of the NHL campaign.  The TC Americans had recently acquired his WHL rights from Prince George.

TC Americans GM Bob Tory had acquired the rights to the game-changing right winger at the 2012 WHL Trade Deadline in exchange for a 5th round pick in the 2013 Bantam Draft.   Most experts had figured at least a 50-50 chance he would be sent back to the WHL at the NHL Trade Deadline, but Tampa Bay Management felt he should stay with the club for the rest of the season.  Connolly had piled up 88 goals in his WHL career, was recipient of multiple honors throughout his WHL career.  The 19 year old so far this season has picked up 4 goals, 9 points and 20 penalty minutes while playing in 48 games for the Lightning.  Connolly was such an impact player that had he NOT stayed with the NHL, he was considered the type of player who could influence games with his skills.

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