DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings signed former Western Michigan defenceman Dan DeKeyser to a two-year contract Friday.
The 23-year-old DeKeyser, from Clay Township, had two goals and 13 assists in 35 games this season for the Broncos and was selected the Central Collegiate Hockey Association's best defensive defenceman for the second consecutive year. He was a free agent after going undrafted.
In 118 games in three seasons at Western Michigan, the 6-foot-3 defenceman had 12 goals and 37 assists. He also played two junior seasons with the Trail Smoke Eaters in the British Columbia Hockey League and the Sioux City Musketeers in the U.S. Hockey League.
It is really special. I had a lot of friends and family here tonight, and for my first [NHL] game in here it was great. I played here as an elementary-school player in the city championships and this was my first time back. It was a lot of fun.
— Toronto native Brandon Pirri after scoring 2 goals for Panthers in win at Maple Leafs on Thursday