Edmonton, AB – Four-year Edmonton Oil Kings veteran defenceman Adrian Van de Mosselaer has taken the next step in his hockey career by signing a professional contract with the Ontario Reign of the East Coast Hockey League.
The southern California squad, an affiliate of the NHL's Los Angeles Kings, announced this week they've signed the blue-liner — who turns 21 this Friday — as a rookie for the upcoming 2011-12 season.
"He's going to be a real solid stay-at-home guy," said former Reign Head Coach Karl Taylor, who signed Van de Mosselaer but has since moved on to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. "He's not a guy who's going to fight every day, but he will when it's called for. He brings a lot to the table. With the strength and size he has, he'll be fine."
The native of Kelowna, B.C. played 218 regular season games during four seasons with the Oil Kings in the WHL and is now the franchise leader in games played. The 6-foot-2, 217-pound powerhouse scored 15 goals and 40 assists for 55 points to go along with 325 penalty minutes during his junior career.
During the 2010-11 WHL season, his final year in Edmonton, Van de Mosselaer served as an assistant captain with the Oil Kings and led the team in two categories — goals by a defenceman with seven and total penalty minutes with 137, the latter of which is a single season franchise record.
"Adrian was an integral part of our hockey club the past four seasons and we couldn't be happier to see him move on and sign a pro contract in the ECHL," Oil Kings General Manager Bob Green said. "He was a great physical player for us on the ice and a great guy to have in the room and in the community. We wish him all the best of luck in the future."
Van de Mosselaer's most memorable game of the 2010-11 season came February 26 during a 5-2 victory against the Lethbridge Hurricanes, as he scored two goals and one assist, including his third game-winning goal of the year. Watch the game highlights here: http://oilkings.ca/video/index/id/1d358cd031bc76b5b534817138eaa544
The Reign relocated from Beaumont, Texas for the 2008-09 season and enjoyed immediate success, winning the Pacific Division championship that year. They also averaged 5,856 fans per game, second highest in the ECHL. The Reign have led the ECHL in attendance the past two seasons, but they have missed the post-season both years.