Former Ice forward Jon Martin (#11)

Former Ice forward Jon Martin (#11)

Former Ice forward Jon Martin signs NHL deal

San Jose Sharks ink Swift Current Broncos captain Jon Martin to three-year, entry-level contract

Former Kootenay Ice forward Jon Martin has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the NHL’s San Jose Sharks.

Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reported the deal via Twitter Tuesday.

According to Lavoie, Martin’s two-way deal with the Sharks is worth an annual average value of $705,000 at the NHL level with a $280,000 signing bonus.

Both the Sharks and Swift Current Broncos, Martin’s Western Hockey League club, confirmed the signing Wednesday.

A 6-foot-1, 212-pound native of Winnipeg, Martin spent 250 games with the Ice before being dealt to the Broncos in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft Oct. 5.

In his overage season, Martin was caught in a 20-year-old logjam in Cranbrook.

Since landing in Swift Current, the former seventh-round WHL Bantam Draft selection (135th overall, 2010) has put up career numbers after being named Broncos captain.

In 61 games this season, Martin has registered 36 goals and 66 points.

Prior to the 2015-16 campaign, the bruising winger amassed 32 goals and 68 points in 246 games.

The Sharks weren’t the first team to have eyes on Martin.

For the past two seasons, Martin attended the NHL Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, B.C., on invite with the Vancouver Canucks.