Flames Sign Walker

6’3”, 225lb winger Geoff Walker, a veteran of nearly 300 American Hockey League games, will join the Guildford Flames Ice Hockey club.  The 29 year old Canadian began the term with Indy Fuel of the East Coast Hockey League where he had 2 goals and 6 points in 6 starts.  He spent the bulk of last season with Fassa in the Alps Hockey League.  He led his team in scoring thanks to 21 goals and 56 points over 33 appearances and completed his campaign with a short stay at Sheffield Steelers by helping them lift the Playoff trophy with 5 points in 4 post season games after 4 goals and 7 assists in 15 Elite League outings.  


“I couldn’t be more excited to finally be with the Flames,” said Walker. “It almost happened before the season began but it fell apart due to personal family reasons.”

 

“It is exciting that we have a 2nd chance now to make the deal happen.  The Flames have been a big help in the entire process of getting me over there, and I have had some good talks with Paul as well about where the team is headed.”

 

“The team is off to a good start so I can’t wait to get there and add to what they are already doing.  See you soon Flames fans!”

 

After an impressive Junior career with Prince Edward Island Rocket of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League where he had 94 goals and 215 points in 228 starts, Walker moved on to his full time Pro debut with ECHL Ontario Reign in 2008-2009.  During that stint, he was an offensive force with 21 goals and 27 assists over 68 games.  He split the following season with Reign and his first AHL side, Manchester Monarchs, with whom he had 5 goals and 14 points in 37 tries.  He proceeded to spend the following 3 seasons at the AHL level, dressing 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.  His best season came in the 2nd year of his stay when he had 18 goals, 26 assists and 114 penalty minutes in 68 games.  He spent 2 more seasons in the league before moving back to the ECHL full time in 2014-2015 where he skated with Reign, Missouri Mavericks and Reading Royals ahead of his Italian move last term. 

 

In 293 League and Playoff AHL starts, Walker had 47 goals, 78 assists and nearly 400 penalty minutes. He closed his East Coast account on 178 games, 58 goals and 143 points. 

 

“Geoff is a big signing for us both literally, and figuratively,” said Paul Dixon. “He obviously adds a size component to the team, but is a skilled player who will play a top offensive role and help us fill out our top lines.”

Walker is expected to arrive early next week and to be in the line-up on November 25th.

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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