Windsor Spitfires goalie Michael DiPietro, after being chosen by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Photo courtesy of OHL Images.

DiPietro Signs NHL Entry-Level Contract

The goaltender of the Windsor Spitfires has taken the next step toward playing in the NHL.

Goalie Michael DiPietro has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the team that drafted him last year, the Vancouver Canucks.

The Spitfires confirmed the signing Thursday afternoon. Terms were not disclosed.

DiPietro, 18, was drafted 64th overall by the Canucks in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The signing means he will likely be invited to the Canucks training camp in September.

The Amherstburg native has already made a name for himself between the pipes. Since being drafted by Windsor in 2015, DiPietro compiled a 75-41-8-4 regular season record, only three wins behind Andrew Engelage for the club record. He backstopped the Spitfires to a Memorial Cup title in 2017.

This past season DiPietro compiled seven shutouts, a Spitfires record and the most for the season in the OHL. This earned him the OHL Goaltender of the Year award and a spot on Team Canada’s World Hockey championship roster, the only OHL player invited.