Campus Life

Horns men's hockey team adds 'Canes' captain

University of Lethbridge Pronghorns men's hockey team didn't have to look far for their latest recruit. Lethbridge Hurricanes captain Mike Reddington will stay in the city he has called home for two years and join the Pronghorns for the 2011-12 Canada West season.

"We are excited to have Mike on board, he is a proven winner,"says Horns head coach Greg Gatto. "He will give us a right shot defenseman and some needed leadership, having been the captain of the Hurricanes.
"It also further builds our relationship with the Hurricanes, and hopefully we can continue to have graduating players stay in the city and help our program."

After missing the post-season by only two points last year, Gatto's main priority in the off-season is to shore up the Horns' blue-line. With the addition of Reddington, the Horns believe they have taken a step in that direction.

Reddington, a second round Western Hockey League bantam draft pick, began his WHL career with the Spokane Chiefs and was a valuable member of the Chiefs' 2008 Memorial Cup championship team. During the Chiefs' Memorial Cup season, Reddington posted a plus-22 rating over 71 regular season games. Reddington is a 20-year-old Port Coquitlam, B.C. native.

At the start of his third season in the WHL, Reddington was traded to the Hurricanes where he closed out his junior career, serving this season as the team's captain. Over five seasons in the WHL, the gritty, hardworking defenseman collected 80 points in 329 career games.

The Horns will open training camp the first weekend of September and see their first conference action Sept. 30, hosting the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.