The Halifax Mooseheads have signed 18-year-old defenceman Patrick Kyte (1999-03-29) as a free agent from Ontario. Kyte, who prefers to be called Patty, is a smooth skating blueliner that has shown the ability to contribute offensively. He finished fourth in team scoring with nine goals and 29 assists for 38 points in 53 games with his hometown Pembroke Lumber Kings in the CCHL last season, by far the most by a defenceman. The 2015 first overall pick was named to the CCHL All-Rookie Team in 2015-16.
Kyte is not a big player, standing 5-foot-9 and weighing 168 pounds but the left-handed shooter isn’t afraid to go to the tough areas of the ice. He is known for his great footwork, quick hands, high compete level and hockey IQ. Kyte was named an Assistant Captain in just his sophomore year.
“Taking care of my own end first, then jumping up in the play to be that 4th forward is what I like,” he said.
Halifax’s new Assistant Coach Sylvain Favreau was behind the bench for Cumberland frequently against Kyte’s Pembroke squad in the CCHL and he had high praise for his new player.
“He’s a skilled defenceman who is always a threat on the ice and he competes hard every shift. He is very effective on both sides of the puck,” Favreau stated.
Kyte recently graduated from Jean Lajoie High School where he was named the CCHL Academic Player of the Month in January with an A- average in his University level courses. He said he wants to be a positive player on and off the ice.
“I think my speed and offensive play will complement nicely the already dynamic skills that the team is known for. In the dressing room, I hope to bring character and leadership, again complementing the great culture already present.”
The addition of Kyte bolsters an exciting Mooseheads back end that already consists of Jared McIsaac, NJ Devils draft pick Jocktan Chainey, Walter Flower, Jordan Lepage and recent 13th overall draft pick Justin Barron. Halifax also has versatile players Brett Crossley and Cooper Jones in the mix for a spot on defence along with other prospects and free agent invitees. General Manager Cam Russell has had success in the past by signing players from the CCHL including high scoring forward Philippe Gadoury, Memorial Cup Champion MacKenzie Weegar and defenceman Jesse Lussier.
The athletic bloodlines run deep in Kyte’s family. His father Murray is the Vice President of St. Francis Xavier University and once upon a time played alongside Steve Yzerman while growing up in the Ottawa area. Grandfather John starred at St. FX in track and field, rugby, basketball and boxing and his uncle is former NHL blueliner Jim Kyte who played nearly 600 games between Winnipeg, Pittsburgh, Calgary, Ottawa and San Jose.
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