ONTARIO, Calif. – The Ontario Reign, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, have announced that former Bemidji State University forward Kyle Bauman has signed a contract to play out the remainder of the 2017-18 season.
The Apopka, Fla. native could make his professional debut as early as 7 p.m. Friday when the Reign host the San Diego Gulls at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. Bauman joins fellow former Beaver Cory Ward, who is in his first season with the Reign.
Bauman will play out the remainder of the season with the Reign, which includes 15 regular-season games and potential Calder Cup Playoffs. The Reign is currently fourth in the AHL’s Pacific Division at 27-19-4-2.
Bemidji State’s top scorer as a senior, Bauman established career-highs for points (30) and assists (21), posting his third consecutive collegiate season with at least 20 points. In 38 games, he collected 30 points (9g-21a). On the ice in all situations, Bauman led the Beavers with three short-handed goals and also logged a pair of power-play markers. In Western Collegiate Hockey Association play, he ranked eighth among the league’s top scorers with 18 goals, while his 24 points in WCHA action placed him in the top 20.
Bauman was a three-time recipient of the WCHA’s prestigious Scholar-Athlete Award, was a three-time WCHA All-Academic Team member and was named to the AHCA All-America Scholars list prior to the 2017-18 season. In addition, the senior won the league’s Offensive Player of the Week award Jan. 8 after leading Bemidji State to a series sweep at Lake Superior State University.
In 148 collegiate games as a Beaver, Bauman piled up 89 points (37g-52a) to sit 12th on BSU’s Division I-era scoring list. His 30-point (9g-21a) 2017-18 senior season stands as the first for a BSU player since Jordan George posted 31 (19g-12a) in 2011-12, while his 21 helpers tie him for eighth on BSU’s Division I-era assist scoring list and is a BSU-best since Brad Hunt posted 21 in 2011-12.
The Beavers finished the 2017-18 campaign with an overall record of 16-14-8 overall and recorded a 13-9-6-4 record in WCHA play, to earn fourth place in the WCHA standings and the right to host the first round of the WCHA Playoffs for the third time in four years.
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).