After being listed by the team in 2013, former Prince Albert Mintos backstop Connor Ingram inked a WHL standard deal with the Kamloops Blazers on Thursday.
Ingram was instrumental in the Mintos run to a national championship at the 2014 Telus Cup in Moose Jaw earlier this year, posting a record of 3-0-1 with a .932 save-percentage in the tournament.
Making his WHL debut on Friday, Ingram split time between the pipes with Bolton Pouliot, allowing a pair of goals on 10 shots as the Blazers defeated the Vancouver Giants 5-4 in a pre-season tilt at the Interior Savings Centre.
Sharing the net with fellow Mintos keeper Lane Michasiw, the 6'1", 212-pound Imperial product was one of the top goaltenders in the Saskatchewan Midget-AAA Hockey League last season with a record of 16-4-3 and an outstanding 1.98 goals-against-average.
At the Telus Cup, Ingram shared the Top Goaltender award for the tournament with Michasiw before he stopped 60 shots in the Mintos' historic 4-3 triple overtime triumph over the Grenadiers de Chateuguay in the final game.
The game was the longest ever in Telus Cup history eclipsing the previous marathon that also included the Mintos when they won their first championship in three overtime periods in 2006.
Coincidentally, the Mintos also needed two overtime sessions when they claimed their last title in 2007.