This week Cardiac Cane is giving you a closer look at newcomer Luke Pither. Despite making his Charlotte debut this season, he is no stranger to the AHL as he has appeared in 105 games previously with the Adirondack Phantoms. He recorded 11 goals and 19 assists with the Phantoms along with 37 penalty minutes.
In 3 games for the Checkers he has recorded 3 goals and 2 assists with a +3 rating. He spent the beginning of this season splitting time between the Wheeling Nailers and Trenton Titans where he registered 2 goals and 2 assists in 15 games.
Prior to signing a three-year contract with the Philadelhia Flyers in 2010, Pither appeared in five seasons for the Ontario Hockey League with the Kingston Frontenacs, Guelph Storm, Belleville Bulls and Barrie Colts. His best year was 2009-2010 with the Colts where he recorded 36 goals and 58 assists in 67 games for a total of 94 points.
He helped the Colts instill a 22-game win streak and make a solid Memorial Cup run. The Colts quickly defeated the Sudbury Wolves four games to none in the Conference Quarter-Finals, before sweeping the Brampton Battalion in the Conference Semi-Finals. For the Finals the Colts took on the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors and were able to defeat them 4-1 and win the Bobby Orr Trophy. In the J. Ross Robertson Cup finals the Barrie Colts hosted the defending Memorial Cup Champions Windsor Spitfires , but were eliminated in four games bringing an end to one of the best OHL seasons in history.