Monday, January 3, 2011

Denver loses Wrenn to the WHL

Another WCHA defenseman has left school over winter break. According to a release by the school, Sophomore d-man William Wrenn has left the program to go play for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League.

Wrenn had played in 18 games for the Pioneers this season and registered 1 assist and was a minus seven. The 19 year old played with the USA National Team Development program before accepting a scholarship offer from Denver University.

Wrenn, who is from Anchorage, Alaska is a second round NHL draft selection of the San Jose Sharks.

From the release from "William has decided to leave our varsity hockey program and concentrate full-time on his hockey career," Gwozdecky said. "William feels he will have a better opportunity to play on a regular basis and contribute in a more important role at the junior hockey level. He was a good teammate and was well liked in our locker room. William will be missed by our program."

Reading into the comments from the "Let's Go DU" blog, it seems as if Wrenn wasn't satisfied with his role on the team. It sounds as if he wasn't getting much of an opportunity to play on special teams and when you've grown up your whole life being told by everyone how good you are and suddenly you're not playing big time minutes in big time spots, players get restless.

Giving up a free education to a school like Denver is a big life risk.
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