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Published: Saturday, 7/23/2011

Walleye boost blue line

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The Toledo Walleye signed defenseman Phil Rauch, who is a native of Temperance, to a contract Friday.

Rauch, 24, played the last four years at Canisius College. Rauch had 13 points in 122 career games. He was the team’s captain last year, scoring one goal and dishing out seven assists. In his career, Rauch (6-foot, 190 pounds) had a plus-minus rating of plus-13.

Walleye coach Nick Vitucci said Rauch came highly recommended from his team’s scouting staff as well as former Toledo Storm defenseman B.J. Adams who coached Rauch the past two seasons.

“He is a safe and simple defenseman who will take care of his own end,” Vitucci said.



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