Friday, August 12, 2005
Woodford also goes pro, signs ECHL pact
Michael Woodford joins David Moss as 2005 Michigan grads to sign pro contracts in the past two days as he inked a deal to play for the Long Beach Ice Dogs of the ECHL today.
Moss signed with the Calgary Flames yesterday.
The 6-foot, 205-pound native of Westford, Mass., was a fourth-round pick (117th overall) of the Florida Panthers in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He compiled 17 goals, 49 assists, 66 points and 200 penalty minutes in 145 games played with the Wolverines.
Woodford becomes the third rookie to sign a contract with the Ice Dogs this season from a major NCAA Division I program, joining Kevin Ulanski and Jonathon Foster from the University of Denver.
“Michael is a real honest, hard working, hard nosed player from a very successful Division One program," said Long Beach head coach and director of hockey operations Malcolm Cameron. “He’s well respected by his teammates and we’re really excited to have a hard working player like him on our team.”
“I’ve heard great things about Long Beach and head coach Malcolm Cameron," said Woodford, 23. “I think the team next season will build off the success of last year and that Ice Dogs fans are going to get to see great offense, defense and goaltending.”
Long Beach Ice Dogs Press Release