Friday, July 27, 2007

Whalers sign 2006 pick Kane

The Plymouth Whalers announced the signing of defenseman Tom Kane, who was selected by the Whalers in the third round (53rd overall) of the 2006 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.

“We’re excited to have Tom in Plymouth,” said Plymouth coach-GM Mike Vellucci. “He’s a strong, physical, stay-at-home defenseman who should develop into a good player.”

Kane, from Thunder Bay, Ontario, and 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, played last season for the Thunder Bay Bearcats of the Superior International Junior Hockey League in northern Ontario, where he scored a goal with nine assists for 10 points and 160 penalty minutes in 42 games. Kane was voted the Bearcats’ Rookie of the Year last season as the only 16-year-old player and 1990 birthday on the roster.

Kane says he patterns his play after defenseman Scott Stevens.

The Bearcats went 29-17-1-3 during the regular season in the SIJHL and were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the league champion Schreiber Diesels.

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