NHL’s Rangers sign Penn State sophomore Pedrie to free agent deal

Vince Pedrie (24 - Penn State) (Omar Phillips)
Vince Pedrie led all Penn State defensemen in scoring in 2016-17 with 30 points in 39 games for the Nittany Lions (photo: Omar Phillips).

Penn State’s student newspaper, the Daily Collegian, has reported that sophomore defenseman Vince Pedrie will forgo his last two seasons after signing a free agent contract with the New York Rangers.

“Without Penn State, none of this would have been possible,” said Pedrie in a news release. “I really utilized everything the university offered me from the great facilities to the coaching staff and the Morgan Academic Center, I couldn’t be more thankful for my time here and everyone who helped me along the way.”

“Vince has been a great player and representative of this program for the past two years [and] we wish him the best of luck in his professional career and he will always remain a Nittany Lion to us,” PSU coach Guy Gadowsky added in a statement.

Pedrie was the Nittany Lions’ top-scoring blueliner with eight goals and 30 points in 39 games this season.