Rampage Sign Former ECHL LW Vandermeer

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League announced that they have signed former ECHL left wing Pete Vandermeer.

The Phoenix RoadRunners are the ECHL affiliate of the Rampage of the AHL and the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League.

Former Dayton Bombers coach Greg Ireland is head coach of San Antonio while former ECHL player and coach Ray Edwards is the assistant coach for the Rampage.

The 31 year old Vandermeer had seven points (2g-5a) and 129 penalty minutes in 26 regular season games and appeared in two playoff games for Hershey in 2006-07.

The 6-foot and 210-pound forward had 17 points (6g-11a) and 195 penalty minutes in 30 regular season games and three points (2g-1a) and 25 penalty minutes in seven playoff games with Columbus as a rookie in 1996-97.

He returned to the ECHL in 1997-98 and had 11 points (4g-7a) and 78 penalty minutes in 20 games with Columbus and seven points (2g-5a) and 165 penalty minutes in 18 games with Richmond. He also played in the AHL in 1997-98 and had six points (4g-2a) and 140 penalty minutes in 30 regular season games and one goal with 13 penalty minutes in four playoff games with Rochester.

In 1999-2000 with Richmond of the ECHL, Vandermeer registered career professional bests in goals (31), assists (25), points (56) and penalty minutes (457) in 58 regular season games while also registering an assist and 20 penalty minutes in three playoff games. He led the league in penalty minutes while leading the team and tying for fourth in the league with 15 power-play goals. Vandermeer played two games for Trenton in 2001-02 and had an assist and two penalty minutes.

Vandermeer has 897 penalty minutes and 92 points (43g-49a) in 128 career regular season ECHL games and 46 penalty minutes and four points (2g-2a) in 10 career ECHL playoff games.