Monroe: Toledo Walleye’s signing of Gordi Myer brings home an Ohio success story

The Toledo Walleye have been building their 2020-2021 season roster over the course of this past summer, and they’ve trended toward signing a younger and slightly undersized set of skilled players this year.

The Walleye have also tapped players with local ties, and the Toledo Blade’s Mark Monroe profiles their “hometown” signing in Sylvania, Ohio’s Gordi Myer, a 24-year-old defenseman who’s just graduated from Ohio State University:

Walleye coach Dan Watson said Myer’s skating ability allows him to be effective in all areas of the ice.

“He has the ability to defend because of his mobility,” Watson said. “He can certainly join the rush and beat opponents up ice and he can take time and space away.”

In his final 36 games at Ohio State, Myer tallied a career-high five goals and nine assists, putting him second in points among the team’s defensemen. Myer was a member of the senior class that earned three straight NCAA berths, including a Frozen Four trip in 2018.

“It was awesome,” Myer said. “As a freshman, I did not realize what it meant to play at Ohio State. But as it went along, being from Toledo and with the border battle being so big, it was everything I thought it would be and more.”

Watson said he also was drawn to Myer’s leadership abilities.

“He was a captain at a very good program at Ohio State. I think that alone shows that he has good character, is willing to get better, and wants to be a piece of the puzzle here in Toledo,” Watson said.

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