Bud Holloway signs in Sweden.

The Manchester Monarchs will have a new leading scorer next season.

Former Reign standout Bud Holloway has signed with SkellefteĆ„ 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.

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.