SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Florida Panthers, parent club of the Springfield Thunderbirds, announced on Tuesday the signing of defenseman Ed Wittchow to an American Hockey League one-way contract.

Wittchow just completed his first professional season, logging 38 games with the Thunderbirds and 14 with the Manchester Monarchs in the ECHL. Wittchow scored two goals and added two assists with the Thunderbirds along with 58 PIM. He tallied one goal and eight assists with the Monarchs.

The 24-year old Wittchow played with the Waterloo BlackHawks in the USHL (United States Hockey League) during the 2011-12 campaign where he appeared in 60 games, scoring five goals and 13 assists.

Wittchow went on to play for the University of Colorado for four years from 2012-16, and was named team captain during his final season. During his tenure, he appeared in 113 games notching one goal and 16 assists.

Wittchow was drafted by the Florida Panthers in the sixth-round, 154th overall in the 2011 NHL draft.

Wittchow is the seventh different Thunderbirds player to sign to a one-way AHL contract, joining forwards Francois Beauchemin, Matt Buckles, Anthony Greco, Ryan Horvat, defenseman Matt MacKenzie, and goaltender Evan Cowley this month.

The Thunderbirds full 2017-18 schedule will be released in the near future. The home opener will be held on Saturday night, October 14th at the MassMutual Center.

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