West Valley City, Utah – Utah Grizzlies Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham announced today that the team has re-signed forward Ryan Walters.
Walters was the Grizzlies leading scorer last season. He returns for his third season with the Grizzlies after having served as a captain in the ECHL for the past two seasons. The Minnesota native had 29 goals and 34 assists for 63 points in 63 games last year with Utah.
“He came in and we made him captain, he did a great job for us,” said Branham. “He had 29 goals, he’s a guy who can put the puck in the net and he had some big goals for us; provides leadership on and off the ice and you can’t have enough of that.”
He led the Grizzlies with 18 multiple-point games and the Grizzlies were 14-5-2-3 when he scored a goal. The 27-year-old has 103 goals and 130 assists for 233 points in 251 career ECHL games.
About The Grizzlies
The Grizzlies enter their 24th season in Utah in 2018-2019; having qualified for the playoffs in 17 of their first 23 seasons and in ten of their last eleven.
Utah is led by sixth-year Head Coach and General Manager Tim Branham, the longest tenured Head Coach in team history and the second-longest tenured Head Coach in the ECHL. The 37-year-old’s next win will make him the most winning Head Coach in team history as he currently stands at 178-136-45.
The Grizzlies drew a modern day record of 203,990 fans to Maverik Center in 2017-2018 with two sellout crowds of over 10,000 fans and nine crowds of over 7,000 fans as they ranked 5th in the 27-team ECHL in attendance for a second-straight year with an average of nearly 6,000 fans-per-game.
The Grizzlies open the regular season on Friday, October 12 against Rapid City at Maverik Center.
Season tickets for the 2018-2019 season are on sale now and include: free parking, free buddy passes, first round of the playoffs for free, unused ticket exchange, a personalized season ticket holder gift and more. Visit utahgrizzlies.com or call (801) 988-8000 for more information.