The Saint John Sea Dogs announced the signing of free agent defenseman Steven Duda today.
The 17-year old from Pennsylvania spent last season playing for the Springfield Jr. Pics of the Eastern Junior Hockey League. He registered two goals, eight assists, and 76 penalty minutes in 38 matches.
“Steven is a big kid with a very good skill set. This being his first year of major junior hockey, he will have an opportunity to play and develop,” Sea Dogs Head Coach and General Manager Mike Kelly said in a team release. “We believe that in time he will be an impact player in the league.”
Duda is listed as 6’4”, 195-pounds.
“Big D Steven Duda joins Saint John - was playing in EJHL,” tweeted The Hockey News’ Ryan Kennedy. “Wonder if he'll be like Troy Vance (Dal), going from E to Q in his draft year.”
Duda can be followed on Twitter @Steve_duda11. He has already updated his profile to include a Sea Dogs logo.
Duda is expected to play this weekend for Saint John, hopefully providing some relief for backend that is currently missing Kevin Gagne, David Weckworth, and Pierre Durepos.
The Sea Dogs host the Halifax Mooseheads tomorrow night at 7:30pm at Harbour Station. They travel to Halifax on Saturday.