River Dragons Sign Matt O'Dea For 20-21 Season

Columbus, GA - The Columbus River Dragons have signed defenseman Matt O'Dea to a contract for the 2020-21 season.

O'Dea played 45 games in the SPHL last season with Fayetteville and Roanoke, racking up 16 points (4G-12A). It was his first year as a professional so he satisfies rookie eligibility in the FPHL, something the River Dragons are seeking out ahead of the new season.

"I'm really excited to continue my career as a River Dragon" O'Dea said. "I've only heard great things about the organization and I can't wait to get this year started!"

Prior to turning pro last season, O'Dea played four years in the NCAA D-III ranks. As a freshman, he skated with Concordia College and his remaining three years of eligibility were spent at Western New England University. In his final two years there his points per game as a defenseman was 1.14 (58P/51GP).

The Illinois native stayed relatively close to home in his time in junior hockey. O'Dea played one season with the Hudson (WI) Crashers of the MNJHL and then two seasons with the Minnesota Iron Rangers of the SIJHL. O'Dea's teams made the playoffs of their respective leagues every season he was on the roster, and he was a point per game or better in every junior season he skated in.

The Columbus River Dragons are excited to bring O'Dea into the fold as we load up for the 2020-21 season which will tentatively start on December 18th.

Remember that all games in the 2020-21 season are sold as single game units and the best way to secure your seats before the general public is to join the Inside Edge Club! Call 706-507-GOAL (4625) for more information.

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