Highly-skilled defenseman . . . Physical defender with good size and strength combination . . . Has the ability to dominate play in the defensive zone . . . Expected to start the season competing immediately for ice time on specialty teams . . . Shows strength handling the puck . . . Possesses an excellent one-time slapshot from the offensive blueline.
Skated the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons with the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Rough Riders of the United States Hockey League (USHL) . . . Coached by Mark Carlson . . . Chosen as USHL Fans Choice 2006-07 Defenseman of the Year and was also recognized as USHL Players Choice Most Spirited Award winner for 2006-07 campaign . . . Ranked ninth among 2006-07 squad’s top overall points getters and third among team’s defensemen with 32 points on 11 goals and 21 assists in 54 regular-season games to go along with six power-play markers and a plus seven efficiency rating . . . Chosen as the USHL’s Defensive Player of the Week (11/20/06) and was tabbed USHL Fans Choice Player of the Month (11/06) . . . Served as 2006-07 team captain and played key part in guiding the RoughRiders to a second-place 37-18-5 record in the USHL’s East Division . . . Produced four points on one goal and three helpers in 39 appearances for the 2005-06 season en route to leading Cedar Rapids to league East Division crown . . . Helped lead Victory Honda (Detroit, Mich.) to a first-place finish in the Midwest Elite League and a Michigan Midget “AAA” state title in 2004-05 . . . Graduated in 2005 from Walled Lake (Mich.) Western High School . . . Played prep hockey under head coach Don Schiebold . . . Competed two seasons (2001-02 and 2002-03) in both cross country and track & field . . . Involved in school’s student leadership and positive peer influence groups. .
Son of Gary and Pamela Wietecha . . . Born 10/19/87 in Southfield, Mich. . . . Father is part of family-owned Wietecha Monument Company and mother is employed as a registered nurse . . . Has a younger brother . . . Nickname is “Tech” . . . Shoots: Right . . . Business Administration major.