Former Everett Silvertips forward Brayden Low and defenseman Nick Walters have signed SPC contracts with the Rapid City Rush of the ECHL, it was announced on Tuesday.
Rapid City is the ECHL affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League. Their AHL affiliate, the Tucson Roadrunners, are led by general manager Doug Soetaert (Silvertips GM, 2002-05, 2006-12). The Roadrunners last month signed former Silvertips goaltender Austin Lotz to two-way contract.
Low comes to the Rush after a season of playing time in the CIS that followed a five-year career in the junior ranks, notably in the WHL with the Silvertips. The 22-year-old wrapped up last season with the University of Alberta, where he tallied 4 points (1g-3a) in 21 games. Before playing in the CIS, the Richmond, British Columbia native played five seasons with 182 of 187 of his WHL games coming with the Silvertips where he registered 57 points (26g-31a).
Low was the Silvertips alternate captain in 2014-15, when the program captured their fourth U.S. Division title. He missed only two regular season games with a career-high 16 goals and 31 points, also notching six points in 11 postseason games.
Arguably scoring one of the biggest goals in franchise history, he eliminated the Spokane Chiefs in the opening round of the 2015 playoffs with a goal in triple overtime, the longest game in Silvertips history.
Walters joins the Rush defense corps after a one-year stint in the CIS ranks that was preceded by a four-year career in the WHL. Most recently, the 22-year-old skated in 23 games with the University of Calgary. His time in the CIS followed his 307 games in the Western Hockey League with the Silvertips, Brandon Wheat Kings and Lethbridge Hurricanes, where he notched 66 points (11g-55a). Additionally, he played four games in the AHL with the Peoria Rivermen. Walters, a native of St. Albert, Alberta, was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the fourth round (116th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.