PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Penn State Hockey Defenseman Vince Pedrie Signs With New York Rangers

Following an incredible season that resulted in First-Team All-Big Ten honors, Penn State hockey sophomore defenseman Vince Pedrie will forgo his last two years of college eligibility to sign with the New York Rangers. Pedrie announced his decision via Instagram (what a time to be alive, right?) Monday night:

It comes with a heavy heart that I announce I will not be returning to Penn State for my final two years. I personally want to thank my coaches, trainers, fans, the roar zone, and most importantly my teammates for the best two years of my life. I love you guys. 5 years ago Penn State didn’t have a division 1 hockey team; today we are Big Ten Champions. The memories I’ve made in just two years will last a lifetime. I love everything about this university and I will always be a proud Penn Stater. With that being said, I am extremely excited to start my professional hockey career with the New York Rangers. I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. I also want to thank my family. Words can’t even come close to describing how much you mean to me, and how thankful I am for you guys. Loading up a van that has over 200,000 miles on it every weekend to come see me play, no matter the weather, I’m truly blessed to have such an amazing family. I love you guys.

A post shared by Vince Pedrie (@pedrie24) on


Pedrie, a blue-liner with an offensive flair, led all Big Ten defensemen in goals this season. His 30 points in 39 games played were good for the all-time Penn State defenseman record. He personified the season that changed Penn State hockey — his skilled brand of defense complemented the trademark Nittany Lion offense.

The details of the contract haven’t been revealed yet, but we’re assuming Pedrie will be at tomorrow’s media availability or news will surface sooner. We’ll update when it does. There are currently eight defensemen already on the Rangers’ roster, so it’s likely he’ll join their AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolfpack, unless there’s an injury. Congrats, Vince — your hand in Hockey Valley’s rise to national prominence cannot be understated.

About the Author

Sara Civian

Sara Civian is one of Onward State's three ridiculously good looking managing editors, a hockey writer at heart, and an Oxford comma Stan. She's a senior majoring in journalism, minoring in history, and living at Bill Pickle's Tap Room. Her favorite pastimes are telling people she's from Boston, watching the Bruins, and meticulously dissecting the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album. She's seen Third Eye Blind live 14 times. If you really hate yourself, you can follow her at @SaraCivian or email her at [email protected]


More by Sara

[Column] Penn State Hockey Became Elite This Season And It’s Just The Beginning

20 years from now, they’ll look back on this season as the one that changed Penn State hockey. These guys and all the suits and ties behind them clawed their way up from unranked to national prominence. This was the year the “maybe” turned into “yes.” This story started in Greenberg Ice Pavilion, developed in Pegula Ice Arena, and advances tonight in U.S. Bank Arena.

Penn State Ruined College Hockey And It Could Hardly Care

Defense Rests In Graham Spanier Trial


North Dakota Interested In Playing Against Penn State Hockey In Nashville

North Dakota is working towards an agreement that will see its hockey team play against Penn State in Nashville during the 2020-21 season.

Former Cal Swimmer Says She Emailed Sandy Barbour About Sexual Harassment Claims

Max Sauve Commits To Penn State Hockey

Penn State Women’s Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

Penn State Hoops Alumnus Joonas Suotamo’s Journey To Becoming Chewbacca Featured On ESPN’s ‘E:60’

Student Life

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Career Services To Launch Integrated Career Management & Recruiting Platform

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

State Theatre Recognized As A State College Historic Site

As it approaches the 80th anniversary of its opening, the State Theatre has been recognized as a State College historic site.

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Tom Beeby will serve as the 2019 Class Gift Executive Director.

Send this to a friend