Steve Duda has found a new home.
The former Sea Dogs defenseman signed with the Ontario Hockey League’s North Bay Battalion this week and played in the club’s season opener this evening. Duda was a -3 in North Bay’s 5-2 loss in Kingston.
Saint John cut the 18-year American last week when they announced their final roster. He had six assists in 52 games with the Sea Dogs last season.
The Nugget newspaper notes that North Bay is currently missing a few defensemen from their lineup.
Battalion head coach Stan Butler told BayToday.ca that Duda “is a big kid and he skates well.”
In other Friday night news…
- Former Sea Dogs captain Mike Thomas made his Aitken Centre debut as a Varsity Red. Wearing No. 71, Thomas registered three shots and a roughing penalty in UNB’s 5-0 victory over the University of Windsor. The Reds host Windsor again on Saturday night at the AUC.
- Ryan Tesink had three assists in the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada’s 4-2 win over the Sherbrooke Phoenix. He was named second star.