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Port Moody Panthers' first off-season signing has leadership experience

Nick Dunn is the first player to put pen to paper this summer in committing to the local junior 'B' team for the 2022-23 season
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Nick Dunn of North Vancouver was the first off-season signing for the Port Moody Panthers ahead of the 2022-23 PJHL season.

The Port Moody Panthers are off and running in beginning to solidify their roster for the 2022-23 campaign.

On Tuesday (July 12), the team welcomed Nick Dunn to the organization — the first off-season signing for the junior' B' franchise.

The 18-year-old North Vancouver forward joins the Panthers after completing his stint with his hometown association.

And, in his final year, he served as captain of the Storm's under-18 A1 Tier 1 squad.

Dunn says slipping on a Port Moody red, black and white jersey is a big step forward, and believes his experience with the 'C' can be a benefit to a rebuilding organization.

"Goals that I have set for myself include playing at the next level by building my confidence on and off the ice,” he said in a team statement in preparation for his first official season of junior hockey.

"I would describe my game as [that of] a power forward, skating into the slot with a heavy shot."

Port Moody Panthers' brass say Dunn can potentially help bolster the offence, noting his has distinct "scoring and sandpaper" abilities.

Dunn suited up in North Vancouver colours for the least three years, 2019 to 2021.

He'll suit up at development camp later this summer before the Panthers hit the ice in September for the 2022-23 Pacific Junior Hockey League season.

A schedule has yet to be released, as of this publication (July 15).