ONTARIO, Calif. – The Ontario Reign, proud affiliate of the NHL Los Angeles Kings and AHL Manchester Monarchs, announced today that they have signed left wing Robert Pearce and right wings Jon Rheault and Geoff Walker to standard player contracts for the 2009-2010 season.
Pearce, 26, will hit the ice in Ontario for his first professional season. From 2004-2008, the Burlington, Ontario native played four season with the University of New Brunswick, scoring 64 points (26g, 38a) and garnering 56 penalty minutes in 93 games
"I’m really excited about coming to Southern California. I don’t have to deal with cold winters anymore," said Pearce. "I’m just looking forward to coming to play hockey, and not having to worry about anything else."
Rheault, 22, completed his first professional season last year, recording 41 points (19g, 22a) and 56 penalty minutes in 51 regular season games with the Reign last year. The Arlington, Texas native appeared in all seven of Ontario’s playoff games, notching eight points (4g, 4a) and four penalty minutes.
Walker, 21, spent his first professional season on the ice with the Reign last year. The right wing, who hails from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, held a three-way tie for the team lead in points last season with 48. Walker led the team in goals with 21 during his rookie season, and was named to the 2009 ECHL All-Star National Conference team. In his first professional playoff appearance, Walker registered eight points (3g, 5a) in seven games.