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August 27, 2019
K-WINGS ADD ROOKIE DEFENSEMAN IAN EDMONDSON
Canisius College alum prepares for first pro season after appearing in 10 games with Wichita late last season.
KALAMAZOO, MI – The Kalamazoo Wings, proud ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Vancouver Canucks, announced Tuesday the signing of rookie defenseman Ian Edmondson for the 2019-20 season.
Edmondson, 24, begins his first pro season in Kalamazoo after skating in 10 games for the Wichita Thunder near the end of 2018-19. The Toronto, Ontario native tallied four assists and racked up 31 penalty minutes in his first taste of ECHL hockey last March and April.
“After talking with Coach [Nick] Bootland about what this organization is all about, I knew right away this was the place where I wanted to play,” said Edmondson. “This team gives you all the tools you need to reach the next level and I couldn’t be more excited to get the season started in October.”
The 6’1, 205 lbs. defenseman enjoyed a four-year college career at Canisius College from 2015-2019, where he compiled 34 points (4g, 30a) in 122 games. Edmondson helped the Golden Griffins win the regular season Atlantic Hockey Association conference title as a sophomore in 2016-17.
“He was a great leader in college,” said Bootland. “Ian makes a great first pass and skates well. He had a taste of ECHL hockey last season and that will give him a huge advantage.”
Last season as a senior, Edmondson was named to the AHA All-Academic Team. He also won the Golden Griffins’ Community Outreach Award and Tom Chapman Memorial Award as the team’s unsung hero.
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