LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed unrestricted free agent center Gabe Gauthier to a two-year contact, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.
Gauthier, 22, is a native of Buena Park. This past season he concluded his four-year career at Denver University by recording 39 points (15-24=39) and 35 penalty minutes in 38 games as the club's co-captain. Of his 15 goals, nine were scored on the power play and four of his goals proved to be game-winners for the Pioneers.
Gauthier is one of 31 players participating in this week's Kings Development Camp at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo. Workouts are scheduled to conclude on Friday.
A recipient of Denver's Most Inspirational Player award and winner of the team's award for community service, Gauthier finished last season with 12 multi-point games – including a trio of three-point contests – and he had a career best 10-game scoring streak (5-9=14 during the streak).
A member of back-to-back NCAA national championship teams in 2004 and 2005, Gauthier led all 2005 NCAA tournament scorers with 11 points (6-5=11) in four games and he scored the game-winning goal against Maine in the 2004 NCAA National Championship game to help give Denver its first national title in 35 years.
In 2004-05, Gauthier established new career highs for goals (26), assists (31), points (57) and games played (43), and he led his team in face-off percentage (58 percent), multi-point games (20) and power-play goals (12) while finishing second on the team with a plus-32 plus/minus rating. For his efforts, he was named to the 2005 Frozen Four All-Tournament Team and to the All-WCHA Second Team. Gauthier was also the recipient of the Leading Scorer Award as Denver's Best Offensive Player and the Bill Masterton Award as Denver's Most Valuable Player.
Gauthier, who also led the Pioneers in scoring during the 2003-04 campaign with 43 points (18-25=43) in 42 games, ranks 16th on DU's all-time scoring list with 155 points (67-88=155) in 164 career games. In addition, his 31 career power play goals rank second all-time and his 14 game-winning goals are tied for third on the school's all-time list.
A 5-9, 200-pounder, Gauthier began at Denver in 2002-03. Prior to that, he spent three seasons (1999-02) with the Chilliwack Chiefs of the British Columbia Hockey League and had 55 points (21-34=55) in 1999-00 to earn BCHL Rookie of the Year honors. He added another 81 points (30-51=81) and 31 penalty minutes in 45 games in 2000-01 and he received the club award for community service. Gauthier recorded 99 points (32-67=99) in 2001-02 and was named a BCHL Second Team All-Star and Co-Chilliwack Chief MVP that season.