Saturday, December 15, 2007

Canton's Underwood dealt to Saginaw

The Saginaw Spirit completed a trade with the Guelph Storm yesterday, acquiring defenseman Joe Underwood, a Canton native.

Guelph received Saginaw's 15th-round pick in the 2009 OHL Priority Selection as well as a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2009 selection.

“This is the 1990-born right-handed defenseman that the Spirit were looking for,” stated Spirit GM Don Edwards. “He is a steady, stay-at-home defenseman that will greatly compliment our defensive corps.”

Underwood played with the Detroit Compuware program during the 2005-06 season and during the 2006 OHL Cup he tallied two points in three games. The Storm selected Underwood in the seventh round of the 2006 draft and during his rookie season with the Storm, he notched a goal, three assists, 18 penalty minutes and was plus-9 in 60 games. He tallied his first OHL goal last Dec. 16 against the London Knights.

Underwood has played 19 games with the Storm this season, posting two assists, six PIMs and a plus-3 rating.

“As an organization, we welcome Joe Underwood to the Saginaw Spirit family,” stated Spirit president and managing partner Craig Goslin. “Attracting top-tier players with Michigan roots is always an additional benefit."

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