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WELCOME BACK KIEL AND MILAN


Salmon Kings Booster Club

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One way of noting how successful an organization has become is the willingness of previous members to rejoin and contribute to the organization's further success. With a major offseason roster shakeup, Milan Gajic and Kiel McLeod were offered contracts and both signed on for a second tour of duty with the Victoria Salmon Kings. Milan Gajic played junior in his hometown of Burnaby with the Burnaby Bulldogs where a 98 pt season in 00-01 lead to four years in the NCAA with the Michigan Wolverines. In 158 college games he scored 52 goals and had a total of 105 pts. In 2005-06 he turned pro and after 17 games in the AHL with Providence he was sent to the ECHL's Gwinnet Gladiators. From there, he returned to BC with the Victoria Salmon Kings. In the two seasons with Victoria, Milan saw call-ups to the AHL teams in Manitoba and Houston. In 102 Salmon Kings' games, Gajic had 106 pts. In 08-09 he began the season in Denmark then came back and played for the ECHL Florida Everblades. Two seasons later he has brought his skills and speed back to Victoria where he always has been a fan favourite.

Kiel McLeod- After two years of touring Austria and northern Italy, Kiel McLeod also inked a contract with Victoria this past summer. Drafted 8th overall out of Delta in the 1997 WHL Bantam Draft by the Kelowna Rockets, he had his best WHL season in 02-03 with 68 games, 39 goals, 90 pts and 163 PIMs. After junior, Kiel played for three AHL seasons in Springfield, Utah, San Antonio and Philadelphia. A brief stint with the ECHL Trenton Titans, McLeod joined the Salmon Kings where in 108 games, he would contribute 47 goals,98 pts and 233 PIMs plus 20 playoff games with 4 goals, 7 pts and 20 PIMs. In 2008, AHL's Albany signed Kiel McLeod to help their team where he played 20 games. Like many Canadians, a European adventure was on tap with a season in the Italian League with Cortina followed by a season in Austria. His Euro totals were 88 games, 40 goals, 91 pts, and 244 PIMs. This summer the popular big centre signed on to bring his experience and skill back to the Salmon Kings.

Both Milan Gajic and Kiel McLeod are with each stat solidifying and enhancing their positions in the Salmon Kings all time stats package. Both have a clear shot at moving ahead of Ryan Wade's 2nd spot for goals and Gajic is close to moving ahead of Wes Goldie for assists. To show the current value of these two veterans consider that in the first 14 games of this season, Milan Gajic leads the team in First Goals and is tied for 2nd Period assists. Kiel McLeod leads in 2nd Period goals plus both 1st and 2nd period assists.

PUCKS AND SANTA----Be sure to visit our Booster Club table on the concourse of Save on Foods Memorial Centre and see how the Goals That Give board is shaping up, let your kids check out the colouring station or they could write a letter to a favourite player or Marty the Marmot. Both of our tables will have autographed pucks for sale. On November 27th, we will be representing the Salmon Kings in the annual Santa Claus Light parade.

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