Prior to arriving at U Mass-Lowell, Ben Walter played for the Langley Hornets in the BCHL. He was a member of the Silver Medal winning Team Pacific at the 2001 World U-17 Championships. He is the son of Ryan Walter, who played 15 seasons in the NHL with Washington, Montreal and Vancouver.
2002-03: During his freshman year at U Mass Lowell, Walter amassed 17 points (5 goals, 12 assists) in 35 total games. He garnered one Hockey East Rookie of the Week (for the week ending February 10th).
2003-04: Walter finished second on the team in scoring with 34 points (18 goals, 16 assists) in 36 games as a sophomore. His 18 goals tied him for the team lead in that category. He missed four games this season due to an injury in December, 2003.
2004 NHL Entry Draft by Boston
2004-05: Walter was a Hobey Baker Award top ten finalist, and after showing steady improvement each season, he established himself as one of the better forwards in Hockey East. Walter ranked at or near the top in goal scoring in the entire nation and finished this season with 39 points (26 goals, 13 assists) in 36 games.
2005-06: Walter opted out of his final year of college to begin his pro career. He played the majority of the season with the Providence Bruins (AHL) with a couple brief call-ups to Boston. Walter is hard-working, focused and an opportunistic player who became a key component on Providence’s power-play unit. He had eight power-play goals, one short-handed and four game-winning goals in 40 total points (16 goals, 23 assists). Walter played 62 regular season games with the Providence Bruins.
2006-07: Walter took home the team’s MVP award, and was also the plus/minus leader for the P Bruins at +23 on the season. He exceeded his rookie season totals, finishing second on the team in scoring with a total 67 points (24 goals, 43 assists) in 73 games. Walter is a talented playmaker with excellent on-ice vision, who often comes through in clutch situations. He had four game-winning goals on the season and two overtime goals. He was much improved in many areas, particularly in his decision-making.
Walter is a skilled forward who possesses good vision, hockey smarts and tremendous passing skills. He possesses a knack for being able to find his teammates just about anywhere on the ice. He is a good skater with speed and good acceleration. His play along the boards in addition to the corners is also quite good. He’s a player who is a seemingly tireless worker as well.