By Mark Monroe
Blade Sports Writer
Defenseman Ryan Stokes was not quite ready to hang up his skates and join the family trade as a boilermaker.
Stokes, the first captain in Toledo Walleye history, has opted instead to play at least one more season in the ECHL. Stokes, a veteran of 362 professional games, re-signed with Toledo Thursday. Stokes scored a career-high six goals for the Walleye last season.
“I’m really excited,” Stokes said. “It was good for me there last year. The fans were great and the rink is phenomenal.”
Stokes, 27, said he seriously weighed the option of ending his six-year pro career to join the family business as a boilermaker.
“I was on the fence,” Stokes said. “But I’ve decided to do some schooling toward that trade while still playing hockey. I’ll see how well it goes. This could possibly be my last year. I just don’t want to hang them up yet.”