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Walleye Land Two More

July 20, 2011 - ECHL (ECHL) - Toledo Walleye News Release

(Toledo, OH) - The Toledo Walleye and Head Coach Nick Vitucci announced today that forward Brian Matte (MATT) and defenseman Dale Warkentin (WAR-kent-ihn) have agreed to terms for the 2011-12 season.

Matte, a native of Prince George, British Columbia, had his first taste of professional hockey last season with the Laredo Bucks of the Central Hockey League. In Laredo, Brian accumulated 26 points (14g, 12a) in 30 games. Prior to that, the 23-year-old competed in parts of two seasons with the University of Lethbridge. In his lone campaign in the Western Hockey League, he scored 17 goals with 13 assists.

Head Coach Nick Vitucci spoke highly of Brian. "I'm thrilled that we were able to land Brian Matte to our lineup this year. Brian is a player that Toledo fans will love. He plays with great energy, is not afraid of the tough area, will score some great goals and is not afraid to drop his gloves. He has a lot of sand paper to his game and I'm sure he will become a fan favorite in Toledo."

Warkentin comes from the Manitoba Junior Hockey League where he spent the last four years with the OCN Blizzard. In 2009-10, Dale collected 41 points (13g, 28a) and 116 penalty minutes in 62 contests. The 21-year-old was named to the MJHL First All-Star Team in 2010, and was Second All-Star Team in 2011.

"Dale comes to us from the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, said Head Coach Nick Vitucci. "He is a big strapping defenseman who has great mobility, a cannon of a shot, as well as overall toughness. It will be fun to watch Dale develop into the pro game."

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