Penn State's Pedrie Signs With Rangers
Top-Pair D-Man Leaves After 2 Years
CHN Staff Report
The New York Rangers have signed Penn State defenseman Vince Pedrie, according to Pedrie's own Twitter feed.
Pedrie, 6-foot, 195 lbs., had 30 points in 39 games form the backline, most among defensemen, and his plus-27 was second-best on the team behind defense partner Erik Autio. He also led the team with 167 shots on net.
"It comes with a heavy heart that I announce I will not be returning to Penn State for my final two years," Pedrie posted to his Twitter. "(Five) years ago Penn State didn't have a (D)ivision I hockey team; today we are Big Ten Champions. ... I love everything about this university and I will always be a proud Penn Stater."
Penn State was eliminated from the NCAAs on Sunday in the Midwest Regional Final by Denver.
A native of Rochester, Minn., Pedrie's dad, Larry, was the last head coach at Illinois-Chicago, a program that went defunct in 1996. Larry Pedrie, a Ferris State alumnus, now runs a youth hockey program in the Chicago area.