Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Watling Commits To UNB...Again

Three years after he initially committed to the University of New Brunswick - before ultimately deciding to pursue professional hockey after he was offered an AHL contract - forward Patrick Watling will finally get a chance to suit up for the Varsity Reds as the team announced his addition today. Due to his three seasons of professional hockey, he will need to "redshirt" for the upcoming season to regain his eligibility before being allowed to play in the 2018-2019 season. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

The 6', 174 pound centre played parts of four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League, where he recorded 102 points (36 goals, 66 assists) in 187 games, before moving on to the professional ranks in 2014. He played 29 games with the AHL's Toronto Marlies, scoring 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist) and then went on to spend the next two and a half seasons in the ECHL, all but two of those games with the Orlando Solar Bears. In 103 games in the "Coast" he put up totals of 30 goals and 59 assists, including a career-high 36 points (13 goals, 23 assists) last season.

The native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario studied two years of engineering at the University of Guelph while playing junior hockey and was named the 2014 recipient of the OHL's Roger Neilson Memorial Award, which is presented to the top post-secondary student playing in the league. He will be studying Chemical Engineering while at UNB.