Thursday, November 12, 2015

Colby Williams is Back

Photo Credit: Keith Hershmiller Photography
The Regina Pats will get their captain Colby Williams into the lineup for the first time this season on Friday. Williams has missed the first 16 games of the year with an upper-body injury which he sustained in the off-season.

The Regina native was the Pats MVP last season, scoring 11 goals. 30 assists, 95 PIM's and was a whopping plus 45 in 64 games played. He also had 8 points in 9 post season games. Williams says he's been through a lot to get to this point. "It's been a tough, slow road but it's finally coming to an end and a new beginning so I am pretty excited to get going." Williams commented. "Everyday is a step to get better, you get more comfortable every time you are on the ice with the guys and working out and getting back to your normal days. Everyday it's getting better."

Head Coach and GM John Paddock says it's going to be a transition for the 20-year-old. "For me, even from when he first stepped on the ice (in practice), if you were just an innocent bystander on the concourse, if you didn't know with the yellow jersey, what that meant, you wouldn't know that he was really dealing with a serious injury. He has been looking fine for a long time but I do think there will be situations in the game that are going to be a test for him so we will see how that it."

It was a tough time for the injury, just a few weeks after being selected in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in the 5th round by the Washington Capitals. That being said Williams says he is almost right on his goal for a return date this season. "I set my sights for the first weekend in November, that was a little high but I tried to get back as soon as I could and as soon as I felt comfortable. I just kept pushing myself and just try to get better everyday and now the time has come." He says it will take him a while to get back to the level he was at last year. "It's not like you started the season and got hurt and then came back. This is kind of a fresh start from last year. I think it could be a bit of a bumpy road, ups and downs, but I'm ready and excited to get back with the guys."

Paddock says it's hard to describe what having Colby back means to his club. "I don't know that you can put a level or a degree on it. It's just very important. Obviously when you are a young team, it's very important n the room. Our other leadership is young that have letters so to speak so I think it means a lot in that way. When you bring back a player that was your MVP last year, a second team all-star and going to be the captain this year. I don't think you can measure it."

Williams will likely play with Chase Harrison in his debut with defenceman Connor Hobbs out with an injury. Rykr Cole will also return to the lineup, he missed the last 7 with a wrist injury.

The Pats will host the Red Deer Rebels on Friday at the Brandt Centre at 7 o'clock.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is very good new. Getting back your best d-man and Captain is a really valuable addition. Just his presence will make the D stronger. Getting him back into game conditions and shape is also a good thing. The team has few home games and the nine on the road.

This very good news indeed….