Former Summerside Western Capital Josh Currie has been called up to the National Hockey League by the Edmonton Oilers.
The 26-year-old Charlottetown native was an alternate captain with the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors this season, leading the club with 24 goals and six powerplay goals. He also posted 37 points, 13 penalty minutes, and a +5 plus-minus rating in 49 games. He has eight points (5G, 3A) in his last five games. Currie has reached 20+ goals in three consecutive seasons with the Condors, and led the team in scoring in 2017-18.
Currie was drafted with the fourth pick of the third round, 28th overall, by the Summerside Western Capitals in 2008. In the 2008-09 season, Currie posted eight goals and 17 assists in 45 games, helping the Western Capitals to the best record in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League. Summerside would go on to capture a league championship and win the Fred Page Cup in Moncton before being eliminated following the preliminary round of the Royal Bank Cup in Victoria, B.C.
Currie was drafted in the fifth round, 79th overall, by the QMJHL’s PEI Rocket in 2009. Over the following four seasons, he posted 97 goals and 88 assists in 237 games, including a career high 49 goals and 55 assists in 68 games for the Rocket in 2012-13. He was the team’s captain for his final two seasons with the club. In 16 playoff games with PEI, he scored once and added three assists.
ECHL stints in Gwinnett, Bakersfield, and Norfolk would see Currie put up 35 goals and 50 assists in 154 games and he joined the AHL’s Condors early in 2015-16. Since that time, his AHL totals are 76 goals and 67 assists in 237 games.
Last July, the Oilers announced they had signed Currie to a two-year contract. It’s anticipated he will be in Edmonton’s lineup Tuesday as they play at home against Arizona.
The Maritime Hockey League would like to congratulate Josh Currie on his hard work and determination that have led to his NHL debut.