Sean Walker
Born (1994-11-13)November 13, 1994,
Keswick, Ontario, Canada
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Defenceman
Shoots Right
NHL team Los Angeles Kings
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2017–present


Sean Iain Walker[1] (born November 13, 1994) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Los Angeles Kings in the National Hockey League (NHL). Walker previously played for Bowling Green State University in the NCAA where he was twice named to the All-WCHA Second Team.

Playing career[edit | edit source]

Walker began his minor hockey career playing for the Georgina Blaze AA hockey in Keswick Ontario. He then moved up to play with York Simcoe Express AAA in the Eastern AAA Hockey League. Following the York Simcoe Express, Walker played Junior ice hockey with Georgina Ice for the 2011–12 season. While playing in his first season with Georgina Ice, Walker was called up by the Newmarket Hurricanes, Georgina Ice's Junior "A" ice hockey affiliate, for five games.[2] He then spent one season with the Newmarket Hurricanes, tallying 24 points in 53 games. It was during his first full year with the Hurricanes that Walker committed to playing NCAA hockey at Bowling Green State University.[3]

Collegiate[edit | edit source]

In his freshman year at Bowling Green University, he played in 38 games. His 13 points that season ranked second among Falcon rookies as he helped guide them to the 2014 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.[1] However, the Bowling Green Falcons lost in the Semi-Finals to Minnesota State. In his sophomore year, Walker played in all 39 games of the season and had a +10 on-ice rating. At the end of the season, Walker was awarded the team’s Jim Ruehl Best Defensive Player award.[4]

In October 2015, Walker was named the captain of the Bowling Green Falcons.[5] At the conclusion of his junior year, and first as a captain, Walker was named to the All-WCHA Second Team.[6] He was again named captain for his senior year and named to the All-WCHA Second Team for the second time.[7] Following his senior year at Bowling Green University, Walker signed with the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League (AHL) to begin his professional career.[8]

Professional[edit | edit source]

Walker made the Reign's 2017–18 opening night roster out of training camp.[9] He scored his first professional point in a 7–4 loss to the Cleveland Monsters on October 27, 2017.[10] Walker ended the season having played in 64 regular season games for the Reign and collecting 28 points.

Walker signed a two-year, entry level contract with the Los Angeles Kings on July 3, 2018 after playing one season in the AHL.[11] Walker began the 2018–19 season with the Reign after being cut from training camp.[12] After playing in seven games for the Reign, and collecting six points, Walker was recalled from the Reign to the NHL on October 22, 2018.[13] He made his NHL debut on October 23 against the Dallas Stars[14] and recorded his first NHL point in his debut with an assist on Tyler Toffoli's second period goal.[15] After playing in three games, Walker and teammate Austin Wagner were re-assigned to the AHL.[16] Walker was recalled to the NHL on December 21,[17] and scored his first career NHL goal on December 31 against the Colorado Avalanche. He scored in the first period to help the Kings take the lead but the goal was called back due to goalie interference. Walker scored again later that game in the second period, and the goal was upheld. The Kings won the game 3–2 in overtime.[18] On January 3, 2019, while playing with the Kings, Walker was selected to the Pacific Division All-Stars for the 2019 American Hockey League All-Star Classic.[19]

Walker participated in the Kings training camp and made their 2019–20 opening night roster.[20] He skated in 70 games for the club, scoring 24 points as the Kings failed to make the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs. On September 11, 2020, the Kings signed Walker to a four-year, $10.6 million contract extension.[21]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Walker graduated from Our Lady of the Lake Catholic College School in 2012.[5][1]

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12 Newmarket Hurricanes OJHL 5 0 3 3 2
2012–13 Newmarket Hurricanes OJHL 53 4 20 24 61 24 0 4 4 42
2013–14 Bowling Green State University WCHA 38 2 11 13 75
2014–15 Bowling Green State University WCHA 39 5 15 20 85
2015–16 Bowling Green State University WCHA 42 5 18 23 48
2016–17 Bowling Green State University WCHA 41 10 14 24 42
2017–18 Ontario Reign AHL 64 7 21 28 59 4 1 1 2 0
2018–19 Ontario Reign AHL 22 6 11 17 18
2018–19 Los Angeles Kings NHL 39 3 7 10 8
2019–20 Los Angeles Kings NHL 70 5 19 24 26
NHL totals 109 8 26 34 34

Awards and honours[edit | edit source]

Award Year Ref
College
All-WCHA Second Team 2016, 2017 [7]
NCAA (WCHA) All-Academic Team 2016, 2017 [1]
Jim Ruehl Best Defensive Player award 2015 [4]
AHL
AHL All-Star Game 2019 [19]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sean Walker. Retrieved on October 22, 2018.
  2. OJHL Grad Assists in NHL Debut (October 24, 2018). Retrieved on December 10, 2018.
  3. Hurricanes' Walker commits to Bowling Green (April 4, 2013). Retrieved on October 22, 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sean Walker Named Team's Top Defensive Player (May 7, 2015). Retrieved on October 22, 2018.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Keswick resident, former Newmarket Hurricanes defender to captain Bowling Green (October 5, 2015). Retrieved on October 22, 2018.
  6. Friedman, Nell named to All-WCHA first-team; Walker, Cooper also honored (March 10, 2016). Retrieved on October 22, 2018.
  7. 7.0 7.1 McLain named first-team All-WCHA (March 9, 2017). Retrieved on October 22, 2018.
  8. REIGN AGREE TO TERMS WITH BGSU CAPTAIN SEAN WALKER (June 16, 2017). Retrieved on October 22, 2018.
  9. REIGN ANNOUNCE 2017 OPENING NIGHT ROSTER (October 6, 2017). Retrieved on December 26, 2018.
  10. REIGN AND MOSTERS COMBINE FOR 11 GOALS IN CLEVELAND (October 27, 2017). Retrieved on December 26, 2018.
  11. Kings sign Sean Walker to entry-level deal (July 3, 2018). Retrieved on October 22, 2018.
  12. ONTARIO REIGN TRAINING CAMP ROSTER MOVES (September 22, 2018). Retrieved on December 26, 2018.
  13. SEAN WALKER RECALLED BY LOS ANGELES (October 22, 2018). Retrieved on October 22, 2018.
  14. Kings at Stars preview (October 23, 2018). Retrieved on October 23, 2018.
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  16. Rookies Austin Wagner and Sean Walker Assigned to Ontario Reign (October 31, 2018). Retrieved on October 31, 2018.
  17. Wagner, Amadio and Walker Recalled from the Ontario Reign (December 21, 2018). Retrieved on January 1, 2019.
  18. Brown, Kings recover to top Avalanche in OT. Retrieved on January 1, 2019.
  19. 19.0 19.1 AHL All-Star rosters filled with NHL first-round picks, call-ups (January 3, 2019). Retrieved on January 3, 2019.
  20. NHL opening night rosters for 2019-20 season (October 2, 2019). Retrieved on October 8, 2019.
  21. Kings sign Sean Walker to four-year extension worth $10.6 million. ESPN (September 11, 2020). Retrieved on September 11, 2020.

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