A. J. Gale
|A. J. Gale|
February 23, 1987 |
Nanaimo, BC, CAN
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)|
Lake Erie Monsters
Gale made his professional debut in the Central Hockey League in the 2009–10 season with the Fort Worth Brahmas before moving to the Wichita Thunder the following season and scoring at a point-per-game pace. In his third professional season, Gale left as a free agent to experience European hockey, initially signing with Copenhagen Hockey of the Danish AL-Bank Ligaen on May 4, 2011.
As an offensively skilled forward, Gale tallied 14 points in 14 games with Copenhagen during the 2011–12 season, before transferring to Sweden on October 28, with Asplöven HC of Division 1. In the remainder of the season, Gale was amongst the club's scoring leaders, scoring 17 goals and 32 points in just 27 games.
Gale returned to North America the following the completion of his season in Sweden and signed a one-year contract with the inaugural Denver Cutthroats of the CHL. His signing on August 8, 2012 marked a reunion alongside former Wichita Thunder team and line mate Troy Schwab. During the 2012–13 season, Gale formed the top scoring line in the CHL alongside Schwab and former NHL veteran Brad Smyth, leading the CHL with 46 goals in just 64 games. On February 20, 2013, Gale was called up to play four games with the American Hockey League affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters. In returning to the Cutthroats, he finished fourth in league scoring with 84 points and was a finalist for league MVP, before being selected to the All-CHL team.
On August 6, 2013, Gale re-signed on a one-year deal for a second season with the Cutthroats.
|2006–07||St. Cloud State U.||WCHA||18||0||1||1||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||St. Cloud State U.||WCHA||2||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||St. Norbert College||NCHA||19||19||11||30||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||4||0||0||0||2||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
- "A.J. Gale agrees to contract with Asploven" (in Swedish). Asplöven HC. 2012-10-28. Retrieved 2012-10-28.
- "Cutthroats boots forward line by signing Gale, Schwab". Denver Cutthroats. 2012-08-07. Retrieved 2013-01-04.
- "Cutthroats forward A.J. Gale recalled to Lake Erie". Mile High Hockey. 2013-02-20. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
- "Gale named to All-CHL team". Denver Cutthroats. 2013-03-18. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
- "Gale re-signs with Cutthroats". Denver Cutthroats. 2013-08-06. Retrieved 2013-08-06.
- "All-CHL team announced". minorleaguehockeyreport.com. 2013-03-18. Archived from the original on 2013-06-15. Retrieved 2013-03-18.