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(Courtesy Darren Steinke, Medicine Hat News) -- Even over the phone line you could tell Jacob Doty was still on cloud nine.
On Thursday, the Medicine Hat Tigers overage right-winger signed a three-year entry-level contract with the NHL’s St. Louis Blues. The Billings, Mont., product attended Blues rookie camp on a free agent tryout basis.
He went through the team’s main camp, and is currently with their American Hockey League affiliate the Chicago Wolves.
“It is amazing,” said Doty on the phone from Chicago. “It is something every kid playing hockey growing up looks forward to and hopes for.
“It is almost an indescribable feeling right now. I really don’t know what to say. It is such an amazing feeling knowing that all the hard work has paid off, but work is just beginning right now. We will see where it goes.”
Doty came to the Tigers during the off-season in 2012 in a trade with the Seattle Thunderbirds. Standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 218 pounds, Doty arrived with the Tabbies with the reputation of being mainly an enforcer.
He became more of a power forward in his one season with the Tigers collecting 11 goals, 17 assists and 90 penalty minutes in 72 games in the 2012-13 campaign.
Doty could be assigned back to the Tigers at some time, but with a contract signed, he will likely play somewhere in the Blues system.
“I had a great time in Medicine Hat, if I ended up staying here or wherever,” said Doty. “First class organization and first class people.”
If Doty doesn’t return, the Tigers will be at the league limit of three overage players in forwards Curtis Valk and Boston Leier and defenceman Dylan Bredo.
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