ONTARIO, Calif. – Tim Kraus will return for his third season with the Ontario Reign, the team recently announced. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
“Ontario is the best place to play in the ECHL,” said Kraus. “We have the best fans.” Other than location and fan base, Kraus cited several factors in his decision to stay in Ontario for a third season.
Kraus, a native of Canyon Lake, Calif., began his professional career in 2008 with the Reign, splitting a three-way tie for the team high of 48 points scored in the regular season and leading the team in assists with 33 during his rookie year and Ontario’s inaugural season.
In two seasons with the Reign, he has accumulated 101 points (31g, 70a) and 146 penalty minutes in 143 games with the club. Kraus led the Reign in assists with 37 and recorded 53 points, the second highest on the team during the 2009-10 season.
“I’m from Southern California and I’ve had two good seasons there. I love playing for (Reign head coach) Karl (Taylor),” said Kraus. “I was pretty bummed that we didn’t make the playoffs last year and I want to redeem myself.”
The Reign also announced the signing of rookie center Brett O’Malley to a standard player contract for the 2010-11 season.
O’Malley, 26, spent the last five seasons with the University of Calgary (CWUAA) 104 points (58g, 46a) and 210 penalty minutes in 149 games with the Dinos. The center started his hockey career in the 2000-01 season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL). He also spent five seasons in the WHL, also appearing with the Calgary Hitmen for two seasons from 2003-05.