Vancouver, B.C.- Vancouver Giants General Manager Scott Bonner today announced that the Giants have signed 19 year old (Feb 23/90) defenseman Kevin Connauton.
Connauton played last season with the Western Michigan University Broncos, he had 7 goals and 11 assists for 18 points in 40 games in his freshman year. Connauton played in the Alberta Junior Hockey League during the 07-08 season with Spruce Grove where he had 45 points in 56 games.
Born in Edmonton, Connauton was drafted in June 2009 by the Vancouver Canucks, 83rd overall in the 3rd round at the NHL draft in Montreal.
Giants GM Scott Bonner feels Connauton could be an impact player. "It’s exciting to add a big, highly skilled d-man like Kevin. Hayser’s system relies heavily on smart, offensive minded blue liners. Kevin will continue a solid tradition of excellence on the Giants blue line, started by players like Meszaros, Franson and most recently John Blum."
The 6’2” 205 pounder Connauton expressed, “ I am looking forward to joining the Giants, and becoming a part of what is a great winning tradition in the Western Hockey League”
Connauton will be in Vancouver and on the ice when Giants training camp opens for roster players on August 22nd.
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