On Wednesday, the New Jersey Devils announced that they’ve signed Cal Foote to a one-year, two-way contract. Foote’s contract is worth $800,000 at the NHL level and $350,000 at the American Hockey League level, $450,000 guaranteed, for 2023-24.
Foote is a 24-year-old defenseman who most recently skated for the Nashville Predators. In 24 games with the Preds, Foote scored a goal and three assists for four points. The Tampa Bay Lightning drafted Foote in the first round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, 17th overall. In two-plus seasons with the Lightning, Foote played in 117 NHL games scoring four goals and 11 assists for 15 points.
Foote was traded by the Lightning at the 2023 NHL Trade Deadline, along with a 2025 first-round pick, a 2024 second-round pick, and third-, fourth- and fifth-round picks in the previous 2023 NHL draft.
The 6-foot-5, 225lbs defenseman has registered 121 penalty minutes at the NHL level including five career fighting majors.
From 2017 to 2022, Foote played part of five seasons in the AHL with the Syracuse Crunch. He earned 64 career AHL points in 155 regular-season games
The 24-year-old blueliner was part of the 2018 Canadian World Junior Championship roster currently being investigated as police allege five members were involved in a sexual assault. However, Foote has maintained his innocence, and his agent, Kurt Overhardt, has stated he was not involved in any way.
Just spoke with Kurt Overhardt, the agent for Cal Foote. He said the due diligence was done on the alleged sexual assault at the Hockey Canada Gala in 2018 and it was determined that Cal Foote was not involved in any way. Now we're up to Foote, Makar, Fabbro and Gadjovich.
— Ken Campbell (@Ken_Campbell27) May 30, 2022
Foote was a member of the Lightning’s 2021 Stanley Cup victory. In 13 playoff games, Foote totaled two assists on the Cup run.
Prior to his NHL career, Foote played for the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League. Foote led all Kelowna defensemen in points with 57 points in 2016-17, and again in 2017-18. He also served as the team’s captain in the 2017-18 season. Foote was later named a WHL first-team All-Star following the 2017-18 season.
Foote is the son of former NHL defenseman Adam Foote and the older brother to Devils prospect Nolan Foote.