The Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced the addition of rookie defenseman Davis Vandane (pictured above) for the 2015-16 season.
Vandane, 23, will enter his first professional campaign after spending the last two seasons at the University of Calgary. He registered 17 points (5g, 12a), 12 penalty minutes and a +7 rating in 33 contests with the Dinos.
"Davis is a tough defenseman who brings an offensive upside to the game," Head Coach Brian Gratz said. "He has good size and moves well. I'm looking forward to seeing and utilizing his versatility."
Prior to his collegiate career, the Yorkton, Saskatchewan native played four seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL) from 2009-2013. In 189 regular-season games, Vandane amassed 79 points (15g, 64a), 92 penalty minutes and a combined +27 rating with Saskatoon, Spokane and Prince Albert. The 6'4, 215-pound blueliner added seven assists and 16 penalty minutes in 34 playoff contests.
In addition, Vandane played two seasons alongside current Rangers' prospect Josh Nicholls in Saskatoon (2009-2011) and spent another season with Tampa Bay Lightning star Tyler Johnson in Spokane (2010-11).
I chatted with Vandane below to talk about the move to the pro ranks.