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08/14/2021 at 11:06am EDT

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today signed goaltender Sebastian Cossa to a three-year entry-level contract.

Cossa, 18, was drafted by the Red Wings in last month’s 2021 NHL Entry Draft, as Detroit packaged a trio of draft picks (23rd, 48th and 138th overall) to acquire the 15th overall pick from the Dallas Stars to select the netminder. Cossa posted a dominant Western Hockey League season with the Edmonton Oil Kings in 2020-21, leading the league in both goals-against average (1.57) and save percentage (0.941), while tying for the league lead in shutouts (4) and ranking second in wins (17) among his 17-1-1 record. Cossa’s season ranks among the best in WHL history, posting the third-lowest goals-against average and third-best save percentage in the history of the league. As a WHL rookie in 2019-20, Cossa posted a 21-6-3 record, 2.23 goals-against average, 0.921 save percentage and four shutouts.

The 6-foot-6, 210-pound goaltender was the NHL Central Scouting Bureau’s top North American goaltender for the draft, and he was the first goaltender off the board. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, and raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Cossa was one of five goaltenders who recently participated in Hockey Canada’s development camp ahead of the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship. Prior to joining the Oil Kings, Cossa played the previous three seasons (2016-19) with the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers in the Alberta minor hockey ranks, notably winning a league championship, top goaltender and most-valuable player honors in 2016-17.

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