Wednesday, January 03, 2007

OA defender Maunu returns to Saginaw

Overage defenseman Mitch Maunu has returned to the Saginaw Spirit after much anticipation and public speculation.

Maunu began the 2006-07 season with the AHL Norfolk Admirals and the ECHL Toledo Storm.

“We are thrilled to have Mitch return to the Spirit and the Ontario Hockey League,” stated Spirit coach-GM Bob Mancini. “His competitive nature, experience and leadership will make a great impact on our team.”

The Spirit acquired Maunu this past summer as part of a trade with the Windsor Spitfires. Maunu was originally Windsor's first-round pick in the 2002 OHL Priority Selection.

Maunu spent four seasons with the Spitfires, notching 30 goals, 74 assists and 292 penalty minutes from 2002-06.

The Thunder Bay, Ontario native was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the fourth round, 120th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, but did not sign.

Maunu signed an AHL contract last August with the Norfolk Admirals and played nine games with the Admirals and 19 games with the ECHL's Toledo Storm, where he recorded five assists.

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