Casting off on their inaugural campaign as bona fide members of the ECHL in the league’s 25th Anniversary Season, the Evansville IceMen, proud affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League and the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League, continue to attain major inroads in player roster development for the upcoming 2012-13 pro hockey season.
On this date, the IceMen General Manager/Head Coach Rich Kromm has announced yet another top star to augment his galaxy with the arrival of Evansville newcomer DAN GENDUR who is the latest to agree to terms with the club. Adhering to club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
A supreme standout of the highest order, GENDUR (JHEN-durr), 25, will be embarking upon his fifth pro season overall and his initial campaign clad in the code of colors of the IceMen flag. Considered one of the premiere performers of this profess-sional hockey level, Evansville’s newest-minted forward will be toting top timber talent as the hometown team looks to make its masterful mark on its debuting season in the Premiere “AA” circuit.
The 5-11, 190lb right wing arrives on the Tri-State region hockey scene following his best season yet in the pro ranks in 2011-12 when he prominently plied his craft with the CHL Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees, actually completing his second season deep in the heart of Texas. Among the league’s elite, he finished a lofty circuit seventh in scoring, amassing 73-points in 62-games on 28-goals, 45-assists with 59-PIM and +3 rating. As Rio Grande Valley’s ’11-12 scoring kingpin colossus, he topped his team in assists (45) while ranking runner-up in goal production (28). Gendur was among the league leaders in several more major offensive categories last season. His 287-SOG placed him league-wide second best; his 21-PPA tied for third-most. He completed last campaign listed seventh overall among CHL Three-Stars’ Leaders.
Furthermore, for his former Killer Bees club, the Western Canadian-bred from Vancouver, BC ranked #2 in GWG with 6 including 1-OT/GWG strike; #3 in PPG, also with 6. His 2-SHG shared the team leadership and 3/9 OTSO proficiency was second best for the “Bees.” Gendur sustained his scoring scourge in the playoffs, matching a CHL post season-best through his 3-game goal-scoring streak in, again, moving to the head of the class in team scoring with 5(3-2-5). In the 2010-11 season, another of his major achievements was his elevation by the NHL Nashville Predators to the latter’s AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals where he saw service in a 10-game stint.
GM/Coach Kromm is elated to have landed the sharp-shooting starboard side sniper. “We think Dan is an excellent acquisition for us. We are excited about the offensive talents that he will bring into our lineup in our first ECHL season. His offensive influence combined with his strong intensity at both ends of the ice make him the complete player. He is a product of the WHL major junior ‘A’ league where he enjoyed an outstanding career and became what he is today; an outstanding character guy and team leader.”
The 2012-13 season will mark the second coming to the ECHL for Gendur. A former seventh round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks, Gendur launched his pro career in auspicious fashion, in the ECHL with the since-extinct Victoria Salmon Kings in 2008-09, earning a berth on the league All-Star Team. As a rookie find, he bedazzled, capturing the ECHL All-Star Competition for league “Fastest Skater.”
His major junior ‘A’ career certainly served as a favorable foreshadowing to his pro career as he claimed the Team MVP Award for two consecutive years (2006-07, 2007-08) with the Everett (Wash.) Silvertips, leading the team in scoring in ’07-08 with a prolific terrific 84-points in 60-games on team-highs of 29-goals, 55-assists and +14 rating. In 2006-07, Gendur was 61(22-27-49) with a superb +20 rating which ranked runner-up on the club.
Gendur’s pro career totals read: 200-games; 53-goals; 106-assists; 159-points; 207-PIM.
Today’s signing of right wing DAN GENDUR brings to four the total number of players in the fold for the upcoming 2012-13 ECHL season. He joins defensemen MATT GENS, PHILIPPE PLANTE; center TODD ROBINSON.