Thursday, August 26, 2010

Brahmas re-sign Gale

Second year forward led all Brahmas rookies in 2009-10

The Texas Brahmas announced the re-signing of second year forward A.J. Gale for the 2010-11 campaign on Thursday afternoon.

Last season, Gale led all Brahmas rookies in scoring and ranked eighth in the league with 25 points (15 G, 10 A, -2) and 36 penalty minutes in 58 games. He added three points (1 G, 2 A, +2) and 4 PIM in seven post-season contests.

Brahmas Head Coach Dan Wildfong looks forward to the impact Gale could bring in his second year with Texas.

"It’s great to have a player like A.J. return; a young player who knows our system. We look forward to what he will bring to the ice this season," Wildfong said.

The 5’ 11”, 185 pound winger from Lantzville, British Columbia played for the St. Norbert College Green Knights in 2008-09. He led the team in scoring with 30 points (19 G, 11 A) in 19 games played and was named an NCAA Division III All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association. The Green Knights made it to the NCHA Semifinals before falling to the UW-Superior Yellowjackets.

He had his best statistical season in 2007-08, notching 53 points (27 G, 26 A) and 46 penalty minutes in just 38 games played. The Clippers were the Coastal Conference regular season champions and were also the BCHL regular season winners with the best record at 88 points. The Clippers advanced to the Fred Page Cup Finals, only to lose to the Penticton Vees, 4-0. Gale was the leading scorer during the playoffs, tallying 26 points (8 G, 18 A) and 13 penalty minutes in 14 games played.

Gale played 18 games for St. Cloud State (NCAA) during the 2006-07 season but saw limited ice time in his freshman season, tallying just two points (1 G, 1 A). After two games with the Huskies in 2007-08, he made the decision to return to the Clippers who had won the 2007 BCHL Championship.

Gale played four seasons of junior hockey with the Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL). He joined the team late in the 2003-2004 campaign and helped Nanaimo win its first BCHL title in 26 seasons. During his time there, he tallied 151 points (77 G, 74 A) and 170 penalty minutes in 162 games played.

Photo Credits: Robert Keith

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