West Valley City, Utah – Utah Grizzlies Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham announced today that the team has signed defenseman Nolan DeJong.
DeJong, 22, split his rookie season between the Colorado Eagles and the Colorado Avalanche AHL affiliate in San Antonio. He had two goals and five assists for seven points in 50 games with the Eagles; who won their second-straight ECHL Kelly Cup Championship in June.
“Nolan is a big, steady two-way defenseman with great leadership qualities,” said Branham. “He knows how to win and will play big minutes for us.”
Originally drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, DeJong served as Team Captain during his Senior Season at the University of Michigan in 2016-2017.
About The Grizzlies
The Grizzlies enter their 24th season in Utah in 2018-2019; having qualified for the playoffs in 17 of their first 23 seasons and in ten of their last eleven.
Utah is led by sixth-year Head Coach and General Manager Tim Branham, the longest tenured Head Coach in team history and the second-longest tenured
Head Coach in the ECHL. The 37-year-old’s next win will make him the most winning Head Coach in team history as he currently stands at 178-136-45.
The Grizzlies drew a modern day record of 203,990 fans to Maverik Center in 2017-2018 with two sellout crowds of over 10,000 fans and nine crowds of over 7,000 fans as they ranked 5th in the 27-team ECHL in attendance for a second-straight year with an average of nearly 6,000 fans-per-game.
The Grizzlies open the regular season on Friday, October 12 against Rapid City at Maverik Center.
Season tickets for the 2018-2019 season are on sale now and include: free parking, free buddy passes, first round of the playoffs for free, unused ticket exchange, a personalized season ticket holder gift and more. Visit utahgrizzlies.com or call (801) 988-8000 for more information.