CALGARY - There's a clear headliner on the Calgary Dinos' recruiting class for the upcoming CIS hockey season.
After a stellar Western Hockey League career and five years in the pros, forward Jared Aulin will join the University of Calgary this fall, the school announced Wednesday.
The 25-year-old Calgary native played 17 games for the Los Angeles Kings in the 2002-'03 season and skated for four different teams in the American Hockey League.
"I felt this was a great opportunity to get an education and play the game I love with a strong and competitive group of guys," Aulin said.
According to the Dinos, Aulin is the first hockey player to begin CIS play after playing in the NHL since Eric Calder, who played for the Washington Capitals from 1981-'83 before skating for the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks from 1985-'88.
Aulin, selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round (47th overall) of the 2000 NHL entry draft, has one year of CIS eligibility remaining. The Dinos said he's eligible to play as of Nov. 12, one year following his final AHL game.
Dinos coach Scott Atkinson said Aulin makes the team much deeper up front.
"He has the complete skill package," Atkinson said. "He can skate, shoot, handle the puck and he's a great passer."
Aulin, who plans to enter the Haskayne School of Business, won a silver medal for Canada at the 2002 world junior hockey championship.
His best season with the Blazers came in 2000-'01, when he had 108 points (31-77) in 70 regular season games. He recorded four points (2-2) during his brief stint in the NHL with the Kings.