Walker returns to Ontario

ONTARIO, Calif. – The Ontario Reign, ECHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings and Winnipeg Jets, announced that veteran right wing Geoff Walker has agreed to terms for the 2014-15 season.

Walker, 26, was previously a member of the Reign’s inaugural team in 2008-09 after being claimed on waivers from the Phoenix Roadrunners on Oct. 14, 2008, and scored the game-winning goal in Ontario’s first-ever regular season game, a 2-1 victory on Oct. 18, 2008 at Bakersfield. Walker finished his rookie season leading the squad in goals, while tying for the team lead with 48 points (21g-27a) in 68 games. He also suited up with Ontario during the 2009-10 season, posting 23 points (7g-16a) in 26 games.

Walker spent the majority of the 2013-14 season with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL while signed to an NHL contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He recorded eight points (6g-2a) in 43 games with Syracuse, while also scoring nine points (6g-3a) in six games with the Florida Everblades. For his efforts with the Everblades, Walker was named the CCM ECHL Player of the Month for April.

Since making his professional debut with the Fort Worth Brahmas of the Central Hockey League during the 2008 playoffs, the native of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island has skated in 369 career pro games split between the ECHL and AHL, recording 196 points (79g-117a) and 443 penalty minutes.

Prior to turning pro, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound winger played for the Gatineau Olympiques and P.E.I. Rocket of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2004-08. In 228 career QMJHL games, Walker amassed 215 points (94g-121a) and 252 penalty minutes.