Matt White has fit right into the Milwaukee Admirals lineup since joining on a PTO basis from the Manchester Monarchs (ECHL). Rather than re-up him to a new PTO contract when his current one expires the Admirals have signed White to a standard player contract through the rest of the 2015-16 season as well as for the 2016-17 season.
Press Release via Milwaukee Admirals:
Milwaukee, WI—The Milwaukee Admirals announced today that they have signed forward Matt White to a American Hockey League contract for the remainder of this season and the 2016-17 campaign.
Originally signed by the Admirals to a professional try-out contract on December 4, White has registered five goals and six assists for 11 points in 21 games with Milwaukee this season.
The Whittier, CA native joined the Admirals after starting this season with the Manchester Monarchs of the ECHL. At the time he was the Monarchs leading scorer, tallying 22 points (10g-12a) in just 19 games to go along with a +9 rating. He posted 28 goals and 32 assists for the Ontario Reign last season and notched 18 points in 19 playoffs games while leading the club to the Western Conference Finals.
White had originally signed a professional try-out (PTO) contract with the Ads on December 4.
When White joined the Admirals locker room this season he had never played a game at the AHL level. His career started with the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League (USHL). In his last season with the Lancers he was named the USA Hockey Junior Player of the Year (2009-10). He played with the Lancers for three-seasons before making the leap up to play at the collegiate level with the University of Nebraska-Omaha. His college playing career also lasted for three-seasons and he would join the Los Angeles Kings ECHL affiliate the Ontario Reign to start his professional playing career as an undrafted free agent signing for the 2013-14 season.
Following White’s first pro playing season he left ECHL hockey and went overseas to play for Olimpija Ljubljana in Austria. That experiment was short lived and he returned back to the Kings’ ECHL affiliate after a less than two-month stay abroad. He’s remained part of the Kings ECHL setup all the way through to this season when the Kings swapped their affiliate’s league standing this summer as part of the AHL Pacific Division movement. His 2015-16 season had been spent with the Manchester Monarchs.
In total, White has 158 games of ECHL experience and produced 139 points (60 goals, 79 assists). His brief professional stint in Austria wasn’t too poor, either. He logged 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 11 games with Olimpija Ljubljana. As a member of the Admirals he has produced 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) in 21 games.
What do you think of this signing by the Milwaukee Admirals to sign Matt White to not only the rest of this season but next season as well?