NANAIMO — Good Friday was just that for the latest Clipper alumni to sign an NHL contract.
Sheldon Rempal signed a two year entry level deal with the Los Angeles Kings on Friday, opting to leave Clarkson University two years early to turn pro.
The 22-year-old was a Clipper from 2013-2016 and had 213 points in 167 games.
His final season was his most productive with 110 points, and he led the entire BCHL with 59 goals.
Video of Rempal's 50th goal in his 2015-16 season:
Audio of Sheldon Rempal's 50th goal of the 15-16 season from 106.9 the Wolf:
This past season at Clarkson Rempal led his team with 23 goals and 46 points.
In his two years of NCAA hockey the Calgary native had 69 points in 78 games.
His former coach in Nanaimo, Mike Vandekamp, said he felt like a proud dad when getting the news that Rempal was signing with LA.
Vandekamp was in communication with Rempal as he was choosing between options from a few different NHL teams last week.
"He just keeps getting better. He had three good years here, two good years at Clarkson, and five years later he's getting a chance to be with a National Hockey League team in LA and it's pretty exciting," said Vandekamp.
Rempal has been an elite scorer at every level he's gone through so far.
The landing spot for him may well be with the Kings affiliate, the Ontario Reign of the AHL, but Vandekamp believes there is a legitimate shot for Rempal to get some NHL playing time with the Kings.
It's expected that Rempal will be with the NHL Kings for the remainder of the season, but it's not known if he'll have a chance to get into any game action.
An episode of Clippers Rapid Fire from Shaw TV and 106.9 the Wolf from Rempal's rookie BCHL season:
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