Friday, September 5, 2008

Former Whaler Drew earns ECHL contract

The Dayton Bombers of the ECHL have signed former Plymouth Whalers goaltender Paul Drew for the 2008-09 season.

As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Drew enters his first professional season after playing four years at the University of Prince Edward Island. The Merlin, Ontario, native backstopped 95 games for PEI, collecting a career 3.66 goals-against average and a .881 save percentage. He was twice named team MVP and was selected to the 2007 Atlantic Universities All-Star Team.

"It feels great to get to this point in my career after four years at the collegiate level and I'm anxious to get to Dayton and get the season started," Drew said. "I'm looking forward to having a shot at being the team's No. 1 goalie. This is the highest point of my career and I want to help take the team as far as I can."

Prior to his collegiate career, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound goalie spent four years with the Whalers where he went 73-35-16 with a 2.63 GAA and a .911 SV%.

"Paul comes highly recommended from his coaches at PEI and Plymouth," said Dayton head coach Bill McDonald. "He has a lot of positive qualities as a goaltender and is an outstanding individual when it comes to attitude, character and leadership."

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