The Petes announced Walser’s arrival last week. He will serve as the third coach on the bench when the season begins on September 21.
Walser played 19 seasons of professional hockey between the NHL (Columbus), AHL (Syracuse, Saint John, Albany, Toronto), ECHL (Johnstown), KHL (Chekhov), Swiss-A (Rapperswil-Jona), DEL (Berlin Polar Bears), and was most recently a player/head coach for two seasons with the Belfast Giants of the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL).
He was named Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Canadian Hockey League defenceman of the Year in 1997-98.
Walser was a member of Canada’s Spengler Cup champions in 2012-13, the AHL Calder Cup champion Saint John Flames in 2000-01, European Trophy in 2010-11 and the DEL Championship in 2004-05, 2005-06, and 2010-11.
He was named an all-star in the QMJHL in 1997 and 1998, the CHL in 1998, the ECHL in 2000, the AHL in 2002 and 2008, and the EIHL in 2016, 2017.
Walser set a QMJHL league record in 1997-98 when he amassed 41 goals and 69 assists for 110 points. His playoff totals were 10 goals and 26 assists in 18 games.
He scored 19 goals in a season three times, including 19 goals and 36 assists with Saint John in 2000-01. He added seven goals and nine assists in 19 playoff games that season.
Walser spent five seasons as a defenceman in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Beauport Harfangs and Rimouski Oceanic, recording 82 goals, 173 assists, 255 points and 293 penalty minutes in 255 career games.
Derrick has relocated to Peterborough with his wife, Sara, and sons Camden and Hudson.
“It’s an unbelievable opportunity to join the Petes,” Walser said in a press release. “Coming from the Maritimes, when anyone asked what you knew about the OHL, you knew about the Peterborough Petes. I’m excited to get to grow as a coach and to help develop these young players. I can’t wait to get settled in and get to work.”