On Saturday October 17th, the Norfolk Admirals announced the signing of Canadian forward Tyler Penner. The two sides agreed to terms on a standard player contract for the upcoming season. For Tyler, it will be his first year of pro after spending four seasons with the Colgate Raiders.
In Penner’s fourth season with the hockey team, the right-winger tallied his NCAA high, putting up 10 points in 34 games played. He also racked up 20 penalty minutes along with a -1 differential.
The 25-year-old started playing hockey with the Winnipeg Hawks back in 2008. Playing in the WAAA, Penner spent four years with the hockey club on their U14, U15 and U17 teams.
Following his tenure in his hometown, the centreman, who stands at 5’11, joined the Steinbach Pistons of the MJHL. In doing so, he made the playoffs with them in all four seasons.
During the 2014-15 season, Penner scored his all-time high of 66 points during the regular season. He did this with 35 goals along with 31 assists in 60 games played. He also ended with a +24 differential.
Through the duration of the 2015-16 playoffs before he committed to the Colgate Raiders, Penner recorded six goals along with seven assists in just 16 games. He would end the team’s playoff run with a +18 differential.
Penner will accompany seven other forwards, including rookies Cody Milan, Taylor Ross and Alex Tonge, along with Jakob Reichert and Alex Rodriguez. Norfolk also has a pair of veterans for the upcoming season in forwards Matt Marquardt and Erik Selleck.