Walleye add veteran Mercier

Toledo, Ohio – The Toledo Walleye announced that they have agreed to terms with forward Justin Mercier for the 2014-15 season.

The Walleye are the ECHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League and the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League.

Mercier split last season between Idaho in the ECHL and Iowa and Bridgeport of the AHL. As captain of the Steelheads, Mercier posted a career best 30 points (18g-12a) in 43 contests while adding five points (2g-3a) in 19 combined AHL games. The veteran forward has skated in 239 career games in the American Hockey League, posting 81 points (41g-40a) in stops with Lake Erie, Iowa and Bridgeport. A sixth-round selection (168th ovearll) of the Colorado Avalanche in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Mercier appeared in nine games with Colorado during the 2009-10 season and scored his first NHL goal on Feb. 4, 2010 in a 5-3 loss to Nashville.

Before making the jump to the professional ranks, Mercier skated for four seasons at Miami University, appearing in a total of 157 games with 104 points (52g-52a). He was named West Regional MVP as a senior in 2009, helping to lead the RedHawks to the National Championship Game, where they suffered a 4-3 overtime loss to Boston University.