The Portland Winterhawks have announced that defenseman William Wrenn has left the University of Denver and is expected to sign with the Winterhawks today. Wrenn, 19, was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the second round, 43rd overall, of the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft. He was originally listed by Portland following the 2006 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.
Wrenn, a 6’1”, 210-pound native of Anchorage, Alaska, had one assist in 18 games this season, his sophomore campaign. As a freshman last season, he had seven assists in 23 games. Prior to attending the University of Denver, Wrenn spent two years with the United States National Team Development Program. In 2008-09 he was captain of the Under-18 team, and had six goals and 11 assists for 17 points. Wrenn also helped Team USA win gold at the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Under-18 championship.
“I first saw William at the 2009 U-18 Championship and was very impressed with his overall game. He is a big, mobile defenseman who plays with an edge. I liked how responsible he was defensively,” said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston. “He will be a valuable addition to our defense corps.”
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