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General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have signed Alex Plante to a three-year NHL entry level contract.

Plante, the Oilers second choice, 15th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, recently completed his fourth full season of junior hockey with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League. The 6'3", 225 pound defenceman from Brandon, Manitoba had 8-37-45 in 68 games with 157 penalty minutes.

The 20-year-old defenceman led Hitmen blueliners in scoring during the playoffs with 6-9-15 in 18 games with 41 penalty minutes. He was tied for 21st overall in playoff scoring in the Western Hockey League and fourth among defencemen.

Plante scored 18-71-89 with 344 penalty minutes in 224 career regular season games with Calgary in parts of four seasons from 2004-05 to 2008-09. His total of 45 points in 2008-09 was a career high.

The Edmonton Oilers 30th Anniversary Season is presented in part by the Rexall Family of Pharmacies, Bell, Molson Canadian, ATB Financial and Ford.

ALEX PLANTE Defence 6'3" 225 lbs. Shoots: Right Born: May 9, 1989; Brandon, Manitoba

Edmonton's 2nd choice (1st round), 15th overall, in 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
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