Friday, September 21, 2012

Kalamazoo adds defenseman Gardiner

The Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings have announced the addition of defenseman Donovan Gardiner.

The 19-year-old Gardner has been signed to beef up a blue line that has been hit with some early season injuries.

Gardiner is no stranger to hockey at the junior level, as he has been playing in Canadian leagues since 2009-10. He opened this season with the Chicago Steel of the USHL.

Last season, Gardiner played for both the Wellington Dukes and the Hamilton Red Wings of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, where he racked up nine assists and 37 penalty minutes over the course of 32 games.

Gardiner, who hails from Sterling Heights, is a right-handed shooting blue liner that was tendered by Kalamazoo for the 2011-12 season, but opted to stay in Canada.

He is set to make his NAHL debut tonight against the Soo Eagles.

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