Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced that left wing Pete Vandermeer has signed a one-year American Hockey League (AHL) contract with the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Vandermeer, 31, ranks 5th all-time in the American Hockey League in penalty minutes (PIM) with 2164. The Red Deer, Alberta native has led his team in penalty minutes in seven of his 11 professional seasons.
Vandermeer has recorded 51-61-112 in 473 career AHL games with seven teams. The 6-foot, 209-pound forward registered 2-5-7 and 129 PIM in 26 games with Hershey last season. He led the AHL with 398 PIM while with Philadelphia in 2003-04. Vandermeer posted 19-18-37 and 240 PIM in 62 games with Providence in 2000-01 for his best offensive season in the AHL.
Vandermeer has also collected 43-49-92 and 897 PIM in 128 career games in the ECHL with three clubs.
Vandermeer is the oldest of six hockey playing brothers. His brother Jim Vandermeer is a defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks.