ECHL: Toledo Walleye Forward Heading Overseas

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Toledo Walleye forward Chase Gresock is the latest player to leave the Walleye, heading overseas to play for the Coventry Blaze of the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL). The 6-foot-1 and 200-pound right-winger had just completed his first season with the Walleye.

Gresock came to Toledo after a successful season with the Bowling Green Falcons of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). He posted 11 goals and 20 assists for 31 points in 36 games, then made his pro hockey debut with the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League of the American Hockey League (AHL).

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While he played a depth role for the Walleye, he came up with some big goals during his only season in Toledo. He has speed, plays a 200-foot game, and can contribute the odd goal. He is a good depth player who can make his teammates better by his work ethic. Over his hockey career, he has been productive offensively, regardless of where he has played. Before Bowling Green, he played for Merrimack College of Hockey-East, contributing 26 goals and 28 assists for 54 points in 78 games.

Gresock is the fifth player to join the Blaze this off-season. Joining him in playing for Coventry this season are forwards Brynley Capps, Zaine McKenzie, and Nick Seitz. Defenseman Mike Kennedy also joins the Blaze. Coventry is trying to find that winning pedigree after an 11-25-12 record last season, placing them in sixth place and being eliminated in the quarterfinals.

Gresock is a Powell, Ohio native and is making his debut overseas after spending the beginning of his pro career in the United States. As the seventh player to leave the Walleye since the Kansas City Mavericks loss to end the season, he remains on Toledo’s protected list. If he were to return to the ECHL, the Walleye would have his rights available for trade.

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