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EC Red Bull Salzburg of the Erste Bank Hockey League in Austria announced on Tuesday, August 5 they have signed former UMass Lowell River Hawk forward Ben Walter to a one-year deal.

Walter split the 2013-14 season between Örebro of the Swedish Hockey league (SHL) and Jokerit Helsinki of the Finnish Elite League (SM-liiga). In 35 games with Orebro, the forward tallied 35 points (2g, 13a) with 14 penalty minutes and a minus-four rating. Following his move to Jokerit, Walter skated in 23 games, scoring seven points (2g, 5a) with four penalty minutes and a plus-one rating.

Prior to heading overseas, Walter spent eight years in North American professional hockey with the Abbotsford HeatLake Erie MonstersLowell DevilsBridgeport Sound Tigers and Providence Bruins at the American Hockey League (AHL) level and New Jersey DevilsNew York Islanders and Boston Bruins at the National Hockey League (NHL) level.

In 566 games at the AHL level, Walter tallied 460 points (159g, 301a) and a single goal in 24 games at the NHL level.

Walter spent three years at UMass Lowell from 2002-2005 before turning professional. Over his three year NCAA career, the forward notched 90 points (49g, 41a) in 107 games while earning Hockey East Second All-Star Team honors during his Junior year.

The Beaconsfield, Quebec native was selected in the 5th round (160th overall) by the Boston Bruins during the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

EC Red Bull Salzburg plays their home games at the Eisarena Salzburg which seats 3,600 fans for hockey games.

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