The Manchester Monarchs will have a new leading scorer next season.
Former Reign standout Bud Holloway has signed with Skellefteå AIK of the Swedish Elite League for 2011-12. The restricted free-agent right wing declined the Kings’ qualifying offer, at least temporarily ending his tenure with the team that drafted him in the third round of the 2006 draft.
In his only ECHL season of 2008-09, Holloway had 36 points (19 goals, 17 assists) in 30 games between the regular season and playoffs for the Reign. Both this season and last, he led the Kings’ American Hockey League affiliate in scoring, but the 23-year-old from Wapella, Saskatchewan never got the NHL call-up he desired.
Also, in case you missed it, click here to read today’s story on Chad Starling re-signing.