Toledo Walleye sign defenseman Brenden Kotyk

The Toledo Walleye have added a big body to their defense today:

Walleye continue to bolster defense with Kotyk

(Toledo, OH) – Defenseman Brenden Kotyk has agreed to terms with the Toledo Walleye for the 2018-19 season.


Kotyk, a native of Regina, Saskatchewan, spent his first pro season mostly in Greenville appearing in 51 contests with seven goals, 10 assists and 41 penalty minutes. He also spent time in the AHL with Hartford, skating in seven games for the Wolfpack, scoring once with an assist. Kotyk showed his offensive ability during a five game stretch in November (4-17) in which he scored three times with two assists.

“We are looking forward to adding Brendan to our defensive mix,” said Head Coach Dan Watson. “He has terrific size and the skill to match from the blue line.”

The 6’5”, 225 pound defenseman spent three years (2014-2017) at the University of Minnesota-Duluth where he performed at a plus 25 in 97 contests. Twice he reached three goals in a season and posted a career-best 13 points (3G, 10A) over 41 games in 2016-17, helping the Bulldogs to a NCHC Championship. Kotyk also collected 57 penalty minutes in that same season. The 26 year old was a member of the NCHC All-Academic team during the 2016-17 season and finished his college career with 97 games, seven goals, 16 assists, 25 points and 85 penalty minutes.


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