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Walleye bolster blue line with O'Neill, Walker

TOLEDO, Ohio - The Toledo Walleye have agreed to terms with defensemen Wes O’Neill and David Walker for the 2012-13 season.


The Walleye are the ECHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League and the Rockford IceHogs and Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League.


O’Neill joins Toledo after spending consecutive seasons patrolling the blue line for the Kalamazoo Wings. The native of nearby Windsor, Ontario was originally a fourth round draft pick of the New York Islanders in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Captain of last year’s K-Wings team, O'Neill has collected most of his 261 professional game experiences at the AHL/NHL level. He skated in five games over two seasons with the Colorado Avalanche in the NHL and appeared in 192 AHL games between Lake Erie and Bridgeport.


Prior to his professional career, O'Neill played his college hockey at Notre Dame University. The 26-year-old was a member of the Fighting Irish 2006-07 CCHA Championship Team. O’Neill appeared in 154 games over four years with Notre Dame, scoring 17 goals with 61 assists and 160 penalty minutes.



Walker started his professional career in 2004-05 with Long Beach and has spent 391 of his 474 pro games in the ECHL between Long Beach and Ontario.



Walker has collected 830 penalty minutes, 36 goals, and 152 assists in his career. He was a captain in Ontario in 2010-11, his last season in the ECHL. Walker spent last year in Germany. Prior to turning pro, the 33-year-old played college hockey at Dalhousie University in Canada. He also spent three years playing Junior Hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.