Forwards Geoff Walker, Jon Rheault and Robert Pearce have signed contracts with the Reign, the team announced today.
Walker and Rheault were integral pieces to the team’s inaugural roster. A 6-3, 225-pound wing, Walker was the team’s leader in goals (21) and co-leader in points (48) in 68 games. Rheault’s speed made him a valuable two-way player. He split the season between Manchester of the AHL and Ontario, where he had 19 goals and 41 points in 51 games.
Pearce, a 6-1, 195-pound left wing, joins the Reign from the University of New Brunswick, where he was a four-year teammate of Denny Johnston.
Karl Taylor called Pearce a “Chris Curran type of player” for his solid two-way game. He was nearly a point-per-game player the past two seasons for UNB, both of which were limited to 16 games by injuries. After recovering from a high ankle sprain in 2007-08 and a shoulder injury last season, Pearce saved his best work for the playoffs.
In 2007, he scored in overtime to lift UNB to its second-ever University Cup. The Reds made it two titles in three years in March, and Pearce averaged more than a point per game for the third straight postseason.
“I’m a two-way guy that can shut down top-end guys but also produce,” Pearce said. “A little like Jamie Langenbrunner, two-way guy, puts some numbers up.”
In the small-world department, Pearce was once coached as a 10-year old by Taylor in an off-season hockey camp.
“I don’t remember too much from it, but I remember he was around and coaching,” Pearce said. “He was just getting into coaching, had just finished getting his degree.”