TAMPA BAY, FL – Cal Foote scored his first NHL goal, one of four second-period goals for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 4-3 win against the Nashville Predators at Amalie Arena on Saturday.
Experts from NHL Network unveiled their list of promising young players on the “NHL Tonight: Top 50 Prospects” program. Players age 25 and under who have played fewer than 25 NHL games (regular season/Stanley Cup Playoffs) were eligible.KO Sports, Inc. and AMA clients Erik Brannstrom (Las Vegas, 2017 1st Round Draft pick) and Cal Foote (Tampa Bay, 2017 1st Round Draft pick) were among the top 50 named.
BRANDON, FL – Cal Foote never has to go far for advice on how to prepare for a career in the NHL.
The 19-year-old defenseman, who was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning with the No. 14 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, just turns to his father, Adam, who played 19 NHL seasons and won the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996 and 2001.
“We’re a hockey family through and through with my dad, my mom and my brother,” Foote said. “So we’re always talking about hockey and my dad is always there to tell us about his experiences in the NHL and offer advice on what we can do to be the best players we can be.”
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Cal Foote is still only 19 years old.
Watching him play, it seems hard to believe, but the 14th overall pick by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2017 National Hockey League Draft, still has room to grow both literally and figuratively.
Making his professional playoff debut for the Syracuse Crunch, the 6-foot-4, 212 pound defenseman — yes, he’s the son of Colorado Avalanche legend Adam Foote — led all skaters with five shots on goal in the Crunch’s convincing 6-2 win over the Rochester Americans in Game 1 of the American Hockey League North Division semifinals.
He showed a smoothness in both his game as a whole, but in particular his skating that are uncommon for someone his size, and seems to be on track to follow in the footsteps of his famous father to have a lengthy NHL career.
TAMPA BAY, FL – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Cal Foote to a three-year, entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Foote, 6-foot-4, 212 pounds, played in 60 regular season games for the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League this season, recording 19 goals and 70 points. He led all Rockets blue-liners for goals, assists and points, while also ranking second overall on the team for plus/minus with a plus-31 rating. Foote also appeared in four playoff games as the Rockets lost to the Tri-City Americans in the first round of the WHL playoffs. He was second on the team for points with six.
BUFFALO, NY – Cal Foote helped Team Canada earn a Gold Medal at the 2018 World Junior Championship in Buffalo, NY.
Foote was a key player for Team Canada’s defense as he had three (3) assists in seven (7) games and was a plus five (+5).
Callan Foote of Kelowna of the Western Hockey League, one of the top defensemen eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft, stands out for a number of reasons.
But the No. 1 thing people seem to notice about him are his feet.
“He’s got something like size 16 or 17 feet, so he’s working into those,” Kelowna assistant general manager Lorne Frey said.
Said Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene, who lived with Foote and his family during his first two NHL seasons, “The kid’s had bigger feet than me from the time I’ve known him.”
When Duchene moved in, Foote was 10 years old.
Foote, who said his feet are size 16, has heard all manner of jokes about them, and even makes them himself.
Cal and Nolan Foote knew it was inevitable. Reach a certain level as hockey players and the questions and comparisons would follow.
Questions about following in their dad’s footsteps and making their own name, and comparisons to how he played and what he accomplished at a similar age.
Callan Foote is following the footsteps of his father, former NHL great Adam Foote. He has been making a name for himself as a sound two-way defenceman in his rookie season with the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets.