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Walleye bring back O'Connor, Reno for 2017-18 season

07/07/2017, 11:32am EDT
By By MARK MONROE BLADE SPORTS WRITER

Players debuted with Toledo last year after conclusion of college careers


Toledo's Parker Reno shoots in a game against Norfolk during the 2016-17 season. He has signed a contract to return to the Walleye this upcoming year. BLADE PHOTO

Two players that appeared in a handful of games for the Walleye last season re-signed with the team.

Forward Charlie O’Connor and defenseman Parker Reno agreed to terms.

“We saw in a short stint late last year how solid both of these players can be,” Watson said. “They will make big strides in their first professional seasons.”

O’Connor appeared in five games and posted three points with two goals and an assist for Toledo. After wrapping up his college career at Bemidji State, he scored a goal in each of his first two pro games and appeared in three playoff contests with no points.

O’Connor, a 25-year-old from Elk Grove Village, Ill., was a captain with Bemidji State and helped lead the Beavers to a league title as a senior, when he posted a career-best 13 assists and 19 points over 41 games.

Reno played in 10 contests for the Walleye and had a pair of assists at the end of last season. Reno played at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he appeared in 100 games. The 22-year-old native of Edina, Minn., was an assistant captain last year. He posted three goals and 16 assists with 30 penalty minutes in his college career.

The Walleye open their ninth season Oct. 13 at Quad City. The home opener is Oct. 21 against Quad City.

Contact Mark Monroe at: mmonroe@theblade.com, 419-724-6354 or on Twitter @MonroeBlade.

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Forward Charlie O'Connor scored in his first two professional games last year with Toledo. BLADE PHOTO

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