STOCKTON, Calif. – The Stockton Heat announce today that they have signed forwards Alex Gallant, Reid Perepeluk and Mark Simpson and defenseman Koletrane Wilson to AHL deals.
Gallant, 28, has signed a two-year pact after skating for Stockton in each of the past two seasons and totaled six goals and 10 points with 171 penalty minutes in 61 games with the Heat. He set a career high in scoring in his first season with the club in 2019-20 with eight points and his first professional power play goal. In his AHL career, Gallant has amassed 202 games played with 18 points, nine goals and 715 penalty minutes.
ALEX GALLANT – LEFT WING
BORN: Summerside, Prince Edward Island DATE: December 8, 1992
HEIGHT: 6-0 WEIGHT: 185 lbs.
Perepeluk, 21, joins the Heat on a one-year contract after completing his junior career in 2020-21 with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL. In four WHL seasons split between the Prince George Cougars and the Wheat Kings, Perepeluk totaled 14 goals, 31 points and 179 penalty minutes in 140 career games.
REID PEREPELUK – RIGHT WING
BORN: Yorkton, Saskatchewan DATE: May 1, 2000
HEIGHT: 6-3 WEIGHT: 214 lbs.
Simpson, 26, has re-signed with the Heat after skating in 24 games in his rookie season with Stockton. The center tallied four goals and two assists over the campaign and finished his first professional year with a plus-4 rating. The Rothesay, New Brunswick native posted a two-goal outing in his third game of the season, February 26 against Toronto and claimed the game-winning goal in the outing. Prior to making his professional debut, Simpson totaled 32 goals and 45 assists in 109 career games for the University of New Brunswick.
MARK SIMPSON – CENTER
BORN: Rothesay, New Brunswick DATE: April 24, 1995
HEIGHT: 6-6 WEIGHT: 210 lbs.
Wilson, 21, returns to the Heat on a one-year deal after playing in his first professional campaign in 2020-21. In his first season with Stockton, Wilson played in five AHL games in a shortened, 30-game slate, and went on to register four assists in 18 games with the ECHL’s Kansas City Mavericks to close out the year. Prior to starting his professional career, Wilson totaled 11 goals, 52 assists and 233 penalty minutes while posting a plus-67 rating in 190 WHL games with the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
KOLETRANE WILSON – DEFENSEMAN
BORN: Edmonton, Alberta DATE: September 1, 1999
HEIGHT: 6-3 WEIGHT: 220 lbs.