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Defensive player of the year joins UOIT

May 4, 2011

Andrew Randazzo, formerly of the QMJHL's Drummondville Voltigeurs, will be joining the UOIT Ridgebacks men's hockey team next season.

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The newest recruit for the UOIT Ridgebacks men’s hockey team is a certifiable defensive stalwart.

Andrew Randazzo, formerly of the QMJHL’s Drummondville Voltigeurs, will be joining the team next season.

The defenseman will hopefully bolster the Ridgebacks’ back line, having been this year’s recipient of the Kevin Lowe Trophy.

“We are more than thrilled to be adding Andrew to our hockey program,” says UOIT head coach Marlin Muylaert. “We have been following Andrew’s career for more than three years and have watched him evolve his game to the point of being awarded the Kevin Lowe Trophy as the best defensive defenseman in Quebec Major Junior Hockey.”

In 197 games with Drummondville, Randazzo scored 23 goals and added 69 assists. He also took part in 43 playoff games, including a run to the Memorial Cup with the Voltigeurs in 2008-09, where he notched another 17 points.

This season, the Hamilton native finished with 34 points as the Voltigeurs made it to the second round of the playoffs. Randazzo closed out the year with a plus-30 rating during his time on the ice.

“We feel he is perfect for our program,” says Muylaert. “And we look forward to helping him continue his development towards a professional hockey career while he earns his degree with UOIT.”

Season tickets for the 2011-12 Ridgebacks can already be purchased by calling 905-721-8668 ext. 2784.


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