“As an organization, we are pleased that Tom has signed a standard player agreement with the Spirit,” Drinkill said in a press release. “Having gotten to know him a little bit through this process, you can see he is a person of high character and is also passionate about coming to play in Saginaw. We look forward to watching him develop with this group and bring some leadership to our back end.”
The Spirit had two available picks in the 2017 CHL import draft (each CHL roster is allowed just 2-import players) due to the departure of Markus Niemelainen (a third round pick of the Edmonton Oilers, 63 overall, in the 2016 NHL draft) and Filip Hronek (a second round pick of the Detroit Red Wings, 53 overall, in the 2016 NHL draft) last spring.
The left shooting defenseman, will compliment returning Spirit right-shooting defensemen Marcus Crawford, Hayden Davis, and Brock Hill on the back end, joining left-shooting defensemen Keaton Middleton (a fourth round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2016 NHL draft) and Chet Phillips to bolster the Saginaw rear guard.
Bappert will join recently hired Spirit coach Troy Smith
and his teammates in just 17 days when everyone reports for training camp on Mon. Aug. 28, at the Dow Event Center in preperation for the 2017-18 OHL season.