The 19-year-old, who plays as a centreman on the team's top line, played in his 150th OHL regular-season game on March 8th after he made the team as an undrafted free agent invitee in 2017.
NIAGARA - Woodstock’s Andrew Bruder achieved a milestone recently while playing in the Ontario Hockey League.
The 19-year-old centreman played in his 150th OHL regular-season game on March 8th, and he did it after getting a spot on the IceDogs’ roster as an undrafted free agent invitee in 2017.
Bruder says he is proud of what he accomplished this season.
“The journey was tough, but I worked hard to get here, and it’s a great accomplishment that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. I never thought it would happen but it did, and I’m proud of that.”
Assistant General Manager Brandon Currie praised Bruder for the achievement as well.
“We’re very proud of Andrew for achieving this milestone. It has been remarkable to watch his development from Junior ‘C’ to now. He has become an important member of our team, and has been relied on heavily this year in all situations. He has been a good leader for the younger players, as well.”
Bruder signed an OHL Standard Player Agreement on September, 1st, 2017 and he continued to improve each year since his first OHL training camp with Niagara. He made the team out of training camp just one year after playing for the Woodstock Navy Vets. After finishing his first year in the league, Bruder was invited to the Columbus Blue Jackets’ Development Camp.
Since then, he has become a stable and reliable presence on the team.
Bruder scored highlight-reel goals in key moments earlier this season and he picked up 24 points, doubling his point total from the 2018-2019 season.
He has been centring the team’s top line since the OHL trade deadline in January.