WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed forward Reid Gardiner to an American Hockey League contract for the 2017-18 season.
Gardiner, 21, spent the first half of his last season with the Penguins before returning to his junior club, the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League. He was quickly traded by Prince Albert to the Kelowna Rockets, were he was able to spend his final season of junior hockey skating alongside his brother, Erik.
With the Rockets, Gardiner posted 18 goals and 19 assists for 37 points in 28 games. He then went on to lead Kelowna in points (28) during the WHL Playoffs and finished second in the postseason with 15 goals despite playing in five fewer games than the leader, Austin Wagner. The Humboldt, Sask. native wrapped up his WHL career with 257 points (124G-133A) in 290 career games.
Gardiner earned three goals and three assists for six points in 23 games while playing for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at the start of the 2016-17 campaign. His first professional goal was the game-winning tally on Nov. 5, 2016 while the Penguins were visiting the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Season ticket packages for the 2017-18 season of Penguins hockey, including full season, 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.