Whale Re-Signs Kelsey Tessier

In a minor move, the CT Whale have re-signed forward Kelsey Tessier.  Tessier put together a line of 10-18-28 in his first professional season after four years in the QMJHL, where he was teammates with prospect Ryan Bourque, and the recently signed Jonathan Audy-Marchessault.  Terms of the deal are still undisclosed.  The press release is after the jump.

WHALE RE-SIGN FORWARD KELSEY TESSIER
Had 10 Goals and 28 Points in 75 Games as a Rookie

HARTFORD, July 6,2011: Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today thatthe team has re-signed forward Kelsey Tessier for the 2011-12 season.

As a rookie in 2010-11, Tessier led Whale first-yearpros in assists, and finished second among team rookies in points and goals,with 10-18-28 in 75 games. The 5-9, 177-pound native of Fredericton, New Brunswickalso totaled 19 penalty minutes and a +2 rating.

Prior to joining the then-Hartford Wolf Pack on anAHL contract, Tessier played four seasons of Quebec Major Junior Hockey Leagueaction with the Quebec Remparts and the Moncton Wildcats. In 249 career QMJHLcontests, he amassed a total of 103 goals and 141 assists for 244 points, alongwith 189 PIM. After being traded by Quebec to Moncton late in the 2009-10season, Tessier helped to lead the Wildcats to a QMJHL championship and a berthin the Memorial Cup, finishing second among all league skaters in playoffpoints, and third in postseason goals, with 14-16-30 in 21 games.

Tessier, 21, was a fourth-round pick (110thoverall) by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

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