The Anaheim Ducks announced today that they have signed former Okanagan Hockey Academy student athlete Josh Mahura to a three-year entry-level contract.
The 6-foot, 189-pound defenceman spent the 2013-14 season with the Okanagan Hockey Academy Midget Prep team, tallying 26 points (11-15-26) in 21 games, along with two points (1-1-2) in three post-season games, helping OHA capture the 2014 CSSHL Midget Prep Championship.
Mahura, 19, split the 2016-17 season between the Red Deer Rebels and Regina Pats, appearing in a combined 73 games scoring 53 points (17-36-53). The St. Albert, Alta. product also netted 21 points (8-13-21) in 23 post-season games with the Pats.
Mahura was selected in the third round, 85th overall, by the Ducks at the 2016 NHL Draft.
Originally drafted by the Rebels in the second round, 36th overall, at the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, Mahura has played 126 career games in the WHL over the past three seasons.
In 2010 I was fortunate enough to play at the Okanagan Hockey Academy on the Midget Prep team. With coaches like Robert Dirk and Greg Holst it was an unbelievable year. I have to this day still never been on such a close-knit team. It was my first year of midget hockey and that meant a lot more travel. Playing in the CSSHL I got the opportunity to play in some pretty awesome spots. The league helped me learn to stay on top of school, which has helped me not only in college but also in junior. I was able to make an easy jump to junior and college academically with the help of Dave Nackoney, a guidance counselor at Penticton Secondary School who works with all the student athletes. To this day if I need anything he is always more than willing to help. It is the great staff that left such an impression on me, and made it possible for me to be where I am today.