Tuesday, October 6, 2009

UNB Adds Former AHL Defenceman Josh Kidd

Well that didn't take long.  Coach MacDougall has added another defenceman to fill the void left by Ben Wright.  Please welcome to the Varsity Reds, Josh Kidd. 

Kidd played 4 years for the Erie Otters of the OHL, and was drafted in the 7th round, 184th overall by the Los Angeles Kings back in 2007.  Last season he played for the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL.  He was recently released by the Manitoba Moose from their camp and has decided to pursue his education at UNB.

At 6'4, 230 lbs, you'd have to go all the way back to Dave Geris and Mike Dombkiewicz to find a defenceman this big.  Welcome to UNB Josh!



Also, as David pointed out in the comments, Jeff Lee is indeed at UNB...

Finally, make sure you attend the Punchy Walker Pep Rally Award Reception tomorrow evening (Wednesday) at 7 PM, in the Coulter Room at the AUC.  For more information check out the V-Reds website.

12 comments:

UNB Bruins Fan said...

Good news all around...fortunately there have yet to be any significant injuries and UNB has lots of forward depth right now so if they do lose Lee until Christmas it might not be that bad...and finding a quality D-man like Kidd this late is a good find....certainly helps soften the blow of losing Wright and brings, IMO, some much needed size on the back end.

Anonymous said...

Is he eligible to play this year or does he have to sit out a year?

Anonymous said...

He is eligible to play this year and hopefully he'll be playing this Friday night against Providence (or so I've been told).

UNB Bruins Fan said...

You only have to sit out a year if you played pro after turning 21...since he doesn't turn 21 until November he can start playing ASAP...and I believe, but am not 100 % sure, he doesn't lose a year of eligibility either.

David Kilfoil said...

You would be correct. This has come up before, and I posted on it yesterday on the CISBlog. Here's the CIS regs:

40.10.6.2.3.6.3
An athlete who has participated in any league classified by CIS as professional prior to December 31 of the year that athlete turns 21, and who has not participated in CIS hockey in the same academic year as his professional participation, shall:
a) Not be charged with having consumed CIS eligibility, and
b) Be eligible to participate upon entry.

Anonymous said...

Dave, do you think we'll see him (Kidd) in action against Providence? What about Lee, has any progress been made there?

David Kilfoil said...

There is a good chance you might not see Lee until Christmas as he sorts out his academics ...

As for Kidd, Gardiner was hinting today that he might play this weekend.

Aldred is still hurt, and might be for awhile if "they decide to deal with it now" and Hodgson has a wounded hand and might be 8 weeks, or less if they put him in a playing cast. There's a sorta-scoop on our radio interview for Friday ...

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update, Dave.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

Maybe I was wrong with my earlier statement about how they haven't really had any injuries thus far haha. But, and no offence to the guys listed as they are valuable players, but they can certainly survive without them...it's not like early last year when Todd/Bailey/Dickson/Pearce all missed time...although I guess that didn't really bite them either.

Anonymous said...

Personally, I'm extremely anxious to see Lee play... just hope that I don't have to wait until Xmas.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

If I had to guess I would say we will see him before them...just a hunch though. Of course that could depend on how they do without him and injuries among other things...

Anonymous said...

Kidd is awesome!