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Asia League MVP, Defenseman of the Year Simon Denis signs deal to return to Walleye

The Walleye fan favorite is returning to Toledo for the first time in four years after playing overseas in Japan.

TOLEDO, Ohio — A fan favorite has signed a deal to return to the Walleye next season.

Simon Denis inked a deal with Toledo after playing three seasons overseas in Japan.

The defenseman played two seasons for the Walleye, with the last season coming in the 2017-18 season.

In the 2016-17 season for the Fish, Denis had 15 goals and 40 assists in 70 games played.

He was a major part of the roster in his two seasons in Toledo and helped with the turnaround for the franchise.

Denis achieved or tied for defensive single-season and career records during his two years in Toledo.

Since then, more records came his way overseas. Denis has been a staple in the Asia League and was named Best Defenseman and Asia League MVP. Denis, who is Japanese-Canadian, was also selected to play for Team Japan twice and served as an alternate captain during the IIHF World Championships, winning silver.


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