By Hampton Roads Whalers Staff
The Hampton Roads Junior Whalers are proud to announce that 1998 alumni forward Brandon Osmundson has signed a contract with the Knoxville Ice Bears of the SPHL and will turn Pro.
Osmundson, 24, joins the Ice Bears after completing his fourth season of collegiate hockey at Utica College (NCAA-III). This season, the Chesapeake, Va., native posted 25 points in 29 games with the Pioneers (8g, 17a). In 2019-20, Osmundson put together his best season corralling 42 points (13g, 29a) in 29 games on the way to being named USCHO.com NCAA D3 Rookie of the Year.
Osmundson leaves Utica sitting 4th all time in program history with 118 career points and 3rd all time in program history with 81 assists.
Brandon grew up playing travel hockey with the Whalers. After 3theseasons with the Whalers junior team he was tendered by the Corpus Christi Icerays of the NAHL. Oz played in eight games for the Rays before being sent to Odessa where he played another five games, before deciding to return to the Jr. Whalers. Brandon went on to play two additional seasons with the Whalers as the Captain of the Premier team, leading the Whalers to two USPHL National Championships.
All told, Osmundson played in 239 career games over five seasons with the Whalers, two with the Elite team and three with the Premier team, producing a combined 140 goals, 274 assists, and 414 points. He ranks first all time in points at the Premier level, sixth at Elite, while ranking secondnd all time in goals with Premier, and first all time in assist with Premier and fifth with Elite.
Osmundson joins his fellow Whalers Alumni and Utica teammates Regen Cavanagh (Norfolk/ECHL) and John Moncovich (Fayetteville/SPHL) in turning pro this season.
Osmundson will join the Ice Bears in time for their game on Saturday April 1 against the Evansville Thunderbolts on the road in Evansville at 7 p.m. Central.