Bellows leaves Boston University after freshman season for WHL’s Winterhawks

Michael Kim (BC - 4) defends against Kieffer Bellows (BU - 9) in front of Joe Woll (BC - 31). (Melissa Wade)
Kieffer Bellows (BU – 9) battles for position in front of Boston College goalie Joe Woll and defenseman Michael Kim during the 2016-17 season (photo: Melissa Wade).

The Portland Winterhawks have announced the signing of forward Kieffer Bellows, who was a freshman this past season at Boston University.

BU had not announced the transaction as of Wednesday evening.

The Winterhawks initially selected Bellows in the seventh round of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

Bellows was selected 19th overall in the 2016 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders.

This past season, Bellows was selected as a member of the United States’ World Junior team. He recorded two goals in the gold medal game against Canada, helping propel the United States to its first gold medal since 2013. With the Terriers, Bellows compiled seven goals and 14 points in 34 games.

“We’re very fortunate that Kieffer has chosen to come to the Winterhawks this season,” said Winterhawks coach-GM Mike Johnston in a press conference Tuesday. “He has an impressive resume as a player, but also is learning how to win. Kieffer has a good scoring touch, and comes from great bloodlines with the NHL experience of his father, Brian Bellows, who won both a Stanley Cup and a Memorial Cup.”

“I’m very honored and privileged to be a part of this organization,” added Bellows. “I can’t thank my mom and dad enough for helping me get to this point in my life. I’m very excited to help this team as much as I can.”