The 6’1, 185-pound, 23-year-old Center from Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Brett Kemp, will not return to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits after playing the last two seasons with the team. After signing a one-year contract, Kemp will head to Sweden to play for the VIK Vasteras HK of the HockeyAllsvenskan league. VIK Vasteras HK finished ninth out of 14 teams this past season.
Kemp played in 76 games for the Swamp Rabbits over the last two seasons, also making six appearances with the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League. Kemp was a top player for the Swamp Rabbits this year, having 45 points in the 46 games played in the regular season, 24 goals and 21 assists. Kemp also proved to be a significant contributor in this year’s Kelly Cup Playoffs against the Jacksonville Icemen with five points in the six-game series, one goal, and four assists.
This will be the first time Kemp will be leaving North America to play professional hockey after spending the majority of his career in the Western Hockey League, playing much of his time with the Edmonton Oil Kings and the Medicine Hat Tigers before joining the Swamp Rabbits for the 2021-2022 season.
Kemp will be joining another Canadian on the team, Kyle Topping, who also spent the early part of his career in the Western Hockey League, playing four seasons with the Kelowna Rockets before playing for the Allen Americans and Orlando Solar Bears in the ECHL.