Wrenn bolts Denver for WHL’s Winterhawks

Denver sophomore defenseman William Wrenn has left the team and signed a contract with the Portland Winterhawks of the major junior Western Hockey League.

The 19-year-old Wrenn tallied one assist and a minus-7 plus/minus rating in 18 games this year for the Pioneers and finishes his DU career with eight assists in 41 games.

“William has decided to leave our varsity hockey program and concentrate full-time on his hockey career,” DU head coach George Gwozdecky said in a statement. “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.”


  1. He’s throwing away a $200,000 education at Denver for what will likely be an AHL/ECHL hockey career. If a second round pick can’t crack the top 6 d-men on a college by midway through sophomore year, he should be thinking schoolwork first, hockey second.

  2. Maybe the guy actually wants to develop as a hockey player and get some quality minutes. Last time I checked the WHL has an education program which includes money for tuition etc. He is gaining far more then he is losing

  3. The only way that he is gaining more than he is losing is if he isn’t cutting it in the classroom. A free college education will carry him alot farther in life than a few extra minutes of playing time at 19.

  4. What was his major and how well was he doing scholastically? What kind of classes was he enrolled in? Depending on answers to those questions, one may better understand his decision.


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