Troy Saunders smiles after signing with UM-Dearborn hockey on April 17, 2015. (Ricky Lindsay/MJ)
Troy Saunders smiles after signing with UM-Dearborn hockey on April 17, 2015. (Ricky Lindsay/MJ)
Troy Saunders smiles after signing with UM-Dearborn hockey on April 17, 2015. (Ricky Lindsay/MJ)

By ERICK LEHMAN, Managing Editor

Troy Saunders signed with the University of Michigan-Dearborn hockey team on April 17. A Canton, Mich. native, Saunders played junior league hockey for the Casper Coyotes (WSHL) last season.

Saunders spoke to Staff Reporter Erick Lehman after signing with the Wolverines.

Q: How does it feel signing for UM-Dearborn?

A: (It) feels great. I’m excited to be part of the Wolverine community and hoping I have a good few years.

Q: What position do you play?

A: Defense.

Q: Why UM-Dearborn?

A: (It’s) really close to home. Economically, it’s really good, cost effective. (They have a) great hockey team and the program I want to go into is top of the line here.

Troy Saunders smiles before signing with UM-Dearborn hockey on April 17, 2015. (Ricky Lindsay/MJ)
Troy Saunders smiles before signing with UM-Dearborn hockey on April 17, 2015. (Ricky Lindsay/MJ)

Q: What is your prospective major?

A: Engineering.

Q: Did you receive offers from other schools?

A: I did, I had a few out in Boston, but paying out-of-state tuition was a little too much.

Q: What do you look forward to the most playing here?

A: I want to see how the team is, the guys are really cool. There’s going to be a bunch of new faces around here.

Q: Where did you play before signing here?

A: I played out in Wyoming, in the Western States Hockey League for the Casper Coyotes.

Q: Have you met any of the current players yet?

A: I met a few on my first tour. I think I met Gino and a couple others.

Q: What did you like about campus?

A: It’s a really close campus; my first classes are just a few steps from the rink here. If I have some time off I can come to the rink and do some skating. It’s a really nice campus.

  • Travis Saunders

    Looking forward to raising the bar and having a great season!