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Zahn excited to return to Eagles lineup

 

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Teigan Zahn provided plenty of grit for the Colorado Eagles last season, and enjoyed his time in Loveland so much that he’s already signed on the dotted line for the 2015-16 campaign.

Zahn, a 25-year-old product of Bethune, Saskatchewan, scored three goals among 20 points and also added 298 penalty minutes – second most in the ECHL.

“We had a great group of guys (last season),” said Zahn. “It was definitely a team I was happy to be a part of, from the players to the coaches to the front office.

“Obviously, losing in playoffs (in the first round to the Ontario Reign) puts a damper on the overall outcome, but I was happy with the team and everything we accomplished. Personally, I’m not the most skilled defenseman, but I thought it was a solid year for me.”

And when the Eagles offered Zahn a spot for next season, he jumped at the opportunity.

“I wanted to keep playing in Colorado and build off last season,” Zahn said. “The organization is run like an NHL team; everything they do is meant to help you succeed.”

Zahn is also no stranger to the NHL, having been drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2008 and Tampa Bay Lightning in 2010. He’s played in the American Hockey League, but the ultimate goal is still the NHL for Zahn, who relishes his role with the Eagles.

“The whole enforcer debate depends on who you’re talking to,” said Zahn. “I still think teams need players who aren’t afraid to fight, but the staged fighting is slowly leaving the game.

“It’s more players who play with so much emotion and love for the game, and if that means they have to fight, they’ll do it.”

– Matt Mackinder