New recruit Czinder gives hockey Panthers more size up front

Jason Malloy
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Nick Czinder

The UPEI Panthers men’s hockey team has added some size up front with the addition of Nick Czinder.

“The strength of my game is being hard on pucks, working down low on the cycle and creating offensive chances by working hard,” Czinder said.

The six-foot-five and 235 pounds right-winger from West Bloomfield, Mich., scored 13 goals in 57 games last year in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) while splitting time between Kitchener and Peterborough. He finished the

season in the ECHL with San Francisco.

The 21-year-old power forward has been recovering from an

undisclosed injury and will not play tonight against Moncton.

“This isn’t an easy league to just jump into, so we want to have Nick in game shape and fully ready to go before we put him into uniform,” Panthers coach Forbes MacPherson says. “From what we have seen in practice, we like how he skates and moves the puck. He will be a welcome addition to the lineup.”

MacPherson has been working for a number of months recruiting Czinder.

“He’s a big-bodied winger who works real hard in the corners,” MacPherson said. “He’s a real good skater for a man his size.”

Czinder said he is adjusting to the routine of being a student while getting back into game shape, but added the weather is taking some getting used to.

“I’ve seen more snow in my

first week here then I am accustomed to, but everyone has been very friendly and welcoming

which has made the transition much easier.”

Organizations: Ontario Hockey League

Geographic location: West Bloomfield, Kitchener, Peterborough Moncton

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