The Boston Bruins have agreed to terms with center Ben Walter on a three-year contract, it was announced today by Bruins General Manager Mike O'Connell. In keeping with club policy, terms of the contract were not released.
Walter, 21, was Boston’s fifth pick, 160th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He has played the last three seasons of college hockey at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and, in agreeing to this contract, will forego his senior season. The 6'1", 195 lb. native of Vancouver, British Columbia has scored 49 goals and added 41 assists for 90 points with 58 penalty minutes in 107 career college games, including leading UMass-Lowell in scoring last season with 26-13=39 totals. He led Hockey East in goals in 2004-05 with 26, including three hat tricks on the season, tied for first in the league in power play goals (13), was third in game-winning goals (four) and tied for ninth overall in the Hockey East scoring race with 39 points. Walter is the son of Ryan Walter, who played 15 NHL seasons with Washington, Montreal and Vancouver.